"Informative ...overview of the diverse religious-freedom issues effecting
Native Americans. ...Issues highlighted here include clear-cutting forests,
pollution, land development and governmentally limited access to sacred sites.
...vanishing native languages, difficulty prison inmates have in observing their
religion, and the criminalization of ritual peyote use. ...Irony is not lost
that First Nation peoples are experiencing such disputes in a country expressly
founded to protect religious freedom".
"A Seat At The Table is a valuable and insightful film about a too long overlooked topic, the right of Native American people to have their sacred sites and practices honored and protected. Let's hope it gets shown far and wide, enough to bring about a real shift in policy and consciousness".
Kifaru Productions has been producing documentaries on contemporary
Native American issues since 1990. Our programs have garnered both
educational and film industry awards and raves from reviewers as
diverse as International Variety and The Washington Post. While one of
our titles, "Wiping The Tears Of Seven Generations," was broadcast on
The Disney Channel as part of Disney's American Legacy Series, another,
"The Peyote Road," was instrumental in overturning a United States
Supreme Court decision. The mandate of our work has been to amplify
the efforts of Native spiritual leaders including urgent religious
freedom issues, "A Seat At The Table," as well as the health of the
people, "The Red Road To Sobriety."
Too many movies and television programs about Native Americans focus on historical aspects, neglecting the modern day existence of Indian people. They tend to leave viewers thinking that all the Indians died long ago. This impression is not only false, but harmful. With people thinking romantically of the "noble savages" of yesteryear, the dominant culture tends to deny responsibility for protecting the religious freedoms, land claims, health care and other rights of contemporary aboriginal nations. Our documentaries all deal with contemporary Native American issues. We welcome your interest and hope our programs assist with your educational and activist efforts.
THE NATIVE AMERICAN RELATIONS VIDEO SERIES: