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Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Steven Lewis Simpson

From Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson and adapted from Kent Nerburn's acclaimed novel, this funny and deeply moving film is set in the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas. 

"We're delighted to welcome director Steven Lewis Simpson to present his film and take audience questions after the screening." 

 

Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), a good-natured, white American family man and writer, receives a myterious call to meet 95-year-old elder from a distant Indian reservation regarding an oral history book he made with Red Lake Ojibwe reservation students in nothern Minnesota. Despite his misgivings, Kent travels across America's northern plains to arrive at the bleak, poverty-stricken reservation. The elder, Dan (Dave Bald Eagle), who lives alone in a clapboard shack with his only real companions - his dog, a friend name Grover (Richard Ray Whitman), and his granddaughter, Wenohah (Roseanne Supernault) - interrogates Kent as to his motives for working with Indian people. Once satisfied he's not a turquoise clad 'wannabe' Dan recounts American history from the Native point of view. As the stories pour from Dan, Kent's understanding of the world is turned upside down. 

After a blundering false start, Kent is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the old-man's world.