Film about Native American gang life in MN is finally being screened here

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A documentary that captures American Indian gang life in rural Minnesota has been screened all over the world in the past year – and now it's coming to Minnesota.

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"The Seventh Fire" features two Ojibwe community members of Pine Point, a town on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. The gang leader, Rob, is heading to prison for the fifth time and must grapple with how he has brought a violent drug culture to his beloved homeland; while 17-year-old Kevin dreams of being a powerful Native gangster.

There’s some real Hollywood power behind the production. It’s presented by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, and produced by actress Natalie Portman.

"I want to make sure 'The Seventh Fire' reaches the widest audience possible because I think it's an important story told with real beauty and power," Portman told the Los Angeles Times.

How to see it in Minnesota

Minnesotans have the opportunity to see and discuss the film on the White Earth Reservation on Monday. The film will be shown at the Shooting Star Casino at 7 p.m., the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

The showing will be part of a bigger event designed to trigger conversation and ideas on how to fight against the drug epidemic on the reservation, lead by citizen groups Red Lives Matter and Idle No More, the paper says.

Red Lives Matter wants to tackle the drug problem on the reservation, particularly the growing trend of heroin overdoses – an issue that has alarmed officials across the state in recent weeks.

The group has planned speakers for Tuesday, and a training session to teach people how to use Naloxone, an emergency treatment for drug overdoses, on Wednesday, the Bemidji Pioneer says.

The film will also be screened for the closing night of the of the annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 23. Tickets for the event go on sale March 24, click here for more information on tickets and here for more on the festival.

"The Seventh Fire" first premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, proving the issues presented in the film are not only relevant to American Indians and the United States, but also across the pond, ScreenDaily reported, noting people found similarities between the film and indigenous groups in Sweden and New Zealand.

"The Seventh Fire" has been shown in three other European countries, Iran, Argentina and several states, the publication said.

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