Trudell is a 2005 documentary film about American Indian activist and poet John Trudell. The film traces Trudell's life from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, through his role as a leader of the American Indian Movement. It also covers his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet after his wife died in a house fire suspected as arson.
|Directed by||Heather Rae|
|Written by||B. Russell Friedenberg|
|Music by||John Trudell & Bad Dog|
The film received generally mixed reviews from the critics.
... one of the most prominent and passionate advocates for Native American rights. ... [John Trudell] deserves more daring and objective scrutiny than this overly reverent tribute.
By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
- Catsoulis, Jeanette (2006-02-24). "Movie Review - Trudell (2005) A Portrait of a Stormy and Complicated Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Turan, Kenneth (2006-03-10). "Movie Review - 'Trudell'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Meister, Erin (2006-03-10). "Trudell Movie Review - A touching portrait of an activist". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-04.