By Ken Tucker
October 14, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee

Part of Turner Broadcasting’s ”Native Americans” series, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (TNT, Oct. 16, 8-10 p.m.) tells the real-life story of Mary Crow Dog, who in the ’70s was an important member of the Native American civil rights group AIM (American Indian Movement). The movie was produced by Jane Fonda’s film company and is based on Crow Dog’s 1990 autobiography. Mary, played by the quietly beautiful Irene Bedard, is separated from her family and sent to a Catholic ”mission school.” ”They tried to turn us from Lakota to white,” she says in the film’s solemn voice-over narration. As a teenager, Mary is politicized by radical Native American contemporaries. Lakota Woman climaxes with the 1973 takeover of Wounded Knee, S.D., in which more than 2,000 Native Americans protested against ancient and contemporary discrimination. Directed by Frank Pierson (Citizen Cohn), Lakota Woman is filmed in a stylized, dreamlike manner, as if a myth were being recounted rather than facts. It is a familiar story told in a fresh, vivid way. B+

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