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Broken Rainbow

BROKEN RAINBOW is an Oscar-winning documentary about the U.S. government's forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians. The film draws on a variety of sources to help illustrate how current abuses reflect a much longer history of callous disregard. Interviews, archival footage and photographs all work to bring the plight of Indian oppression straight into your living room, lending a compelling sort of urgency to what has long been swept under the national rug.



GENRES - documentary

Film Info

RUNTIME - 70 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1985

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English


anthropology, corruption, culture, documentary, environment, government, history, indigenous people, nature, politics, ritual, tribal, United States


Martin Sheen




''We don't count,'' one woman says, summing up only too accurately her people's experience with Washington. ''Broken Rainbow,'' created out of passionate commitment and composed with loving care, compels us to see that experience through Indian eyes."

- Walter Goodman, The New York Times

"In their heart-wrenching, consciousness-raising Oscar-nominated documentary "Broken Rainbow," film makers Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd reveal the devastating effect of the relocation upon the Navajos..."

- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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