- Minorities, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, Personal Doc, and Human Rights
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 â€œvideo letters.â€ In the four years that follow the initial exchange of letters, the producer documents the many changes that occur in the Poor Bear girlsâ€™ 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 girlsâ€™ 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 usâ€”the core strength of the family.
- Running time
- 54 minutes
- Milt Lee ... Director
- Prod. Co.
- Hollow Bone Films
- United States
- Years of Production
- South Dakota, the Pine Ridge Reservation
- Release year
- Native Voices Film Festival, Winnipeg International Film Festival
- Best Short Documentary - Native Voices Film Festival
- NETA for Public Television - NAPT VisionMaker Video for the DVDs
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