Seven Sacred Rites of True SPIRIT RIDERS - GO SEE THIS FILM!
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James Kleinert, filmmaker and US Freestyle athlete about his life before
film, getting involved with the
Lakota Nation, growing
up in Wisconsin, his awakened spirituality inspired from his work with
Native American Cultures and his monumental work on his beautiful
is an international award-winning documentary film about the birth of an
American Indian peace movement, begun in 1990 by the Lakota Nation and its
growth over the subsequent years.
stunning images of wilderness landscapes to the dramatic footage of peace
and unity horseback rides, this film is a visual delight. With narration by
Peter Coyote, interviews with ride-participant
Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings & Hidalgo) and an eclectic soundtrack
featuring American Indian Grammy winner
Keith Secola, Rick
Allen, Lauren Monroe. SPIRIT RIDERS not only entertains, but leads the
audience on a profound journey inside a culture and a movement offering
ancient traditional visions of peace to a troubled modern world.
respected members of the Lakota community, including descendants of
Sitting Bull and
are featured in the film, both as participants in the rides and as
social/cultural commentators. Charlotte Black Elk, Alex Whiteplume, Birgil
Killstraight, Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Russell Means and Mel Lonehill all
make appearances in the film.
introduces us to the Lakota Indian tradition of ceremonial horseback rides
and how in the last fifteen years these rides have become a source of
inspiration for the Lakota people and a medium for a worldwide message of
peace. We explore the annual Peace And Unity rides which each year are
conducted to a different sacred site on the summer solstice. On that day,
June 21st, a ceremony is held for peace among all people of the world and
harmony with the environment. The film shows how this vision is coming to
pass as the movement, which started as a purely local event, has since led
to annual ceremonies not only in Central America but as far away as Ireland,
Australia and South Africa.
explores how the roots of the World Peace movement lie in the suffering
and recovery of the Lakota. Through rides and ceremonies, Lakota people have
found ways to let go of the grief and despair which persisted for over a
hundred years following the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee and envision a new
and hopeful future. This is the invaluable journey which the Lakota people
have to offer not only their own people but all the peoples of the world.
has a wonderful interview with Viggo Mortensen who has donated much of his
time and resources to making this project happen and has a special interest
in horses (Hidalgo). James also talks about his spiritual transformation
that was precipitated by a serious injury that was sustained while doing
dangerous stunt work on a film project just before he was inspired to pursue
his passion for the story of the Lakota Nation.
RIDER promises to be a landmark film that has much to offer a world that
needs a greater connection to life, the earth, and a heart centered
Moving Cloud Productions
The Spirit Riders Foundation
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The Santa Fe Film Festival
this year runs
from Wednesday, December 6th through Sunday December 10th, 2006. There
are typically 1,000 submission a year with 200 of those films shown in 9 venues. What a
treat for local Santafeans and those from around the world that come to
experience this growing event.
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