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Video Letters from Prison

Directed by Milt Lee
A heartwarming story of family and connection between three girls and their dad in prison

Overview

Genre
Minorities, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, Personal Doc, and Human Rights
Synopsis

Embark on a journey of transformation as one family from the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota finds healing through the path of the heart. Video Letters from Prison is an hour-long film that follows the lives of three Lakota girls from the Pine Ridge Reservation who meet their father for the first time in ten years via a series of “video letters.” In the four years that follow the initial exchange of letters, the producer documents the many changes that occur in the Poor Bear girls’ lives as the break in the family is mended. Included are a first visit to the prison, interviews with their mother Cindy Wheeler and their father Marvin Poor Bear, and finally the filming of each of the girls’ high school graduations.

Video Letters, although it focuses on a single family from a South Dakota reservation, has the potential to impact many lives. The film touches something both universal and fundamental to all of us—the core strength of the family.

Stage
finished
Running time
54 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Hollow Bone Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2004-2010
Locations
South Dakota, the Pine Ridge Reservation

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
Native Voices Film Festival, Winnipeg International Film Festival
Awards
Best Short Documentary - Native Voices Film Festival
Distribution
NETA for Public Television - NAPT VisionMaker Video for the DVDs
Language
English

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