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Berlin International Film Festival, Stockholm International, Santa Fe Independent, Hawaii International

Director's statement

Director's statement

In America and much of the world, there is a romanticized vision of the American Indian and a total blind spot about the history of Native Americans and the injustices this community continues to suffer to this day. It is rare to see any contemporary images of Native life in the mainstream media or to see past the harsh statistics that tell only part of the story. My goal in making this film was to craft an immersive, character-driven work of cinema that would reveal the stories of Rob and Kevin with intimacy, empathy, and urgency, and place their personal journeys in the larger context of an unjust history that America has yet to reckon with.

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A few shots in the film, including some in which a stray armchair or car is on fire in the otherwise pretty desolate landscape, have a lyrical or even metaphorical quality that might have impressed Malick ....

Hollywood Reporter

"The Seventh Fire” is stirring for how it chips away at the relationship between hopelessness and helplessness.

IndieWire

But there are incidental moments of beauty or startling surreality to marvel at, such as the rippling magic-hour reflection of a silo in a pool of water, or a shot of a car burning while children play nearby, entirely unconcerned.

The Guardian

And yet the movie invests in its characters in a committed and deep-rooted way, and sustains belief in the possibility of some kind of redemption for them.

Vogue

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