Director in Person
Screening on Film
Directed by Chris Eyre.
With Graham Greene, Eric Schweig.
US, 2001, 35mm, color, 86 min.

Following up on the enormous success of his first feature, Smoke Signals, Native American director Chris Eyre again focuses a sharp eye on the joys and sorrows of life on the “rez.” Skins, based on the novel by Adrian C. Louis, investigates the complex love-hate relationship that develops between two Sioux Indian brothers living in the shadow of Mount Rushmore on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rudy Yellow Lodge (Schweig) is a reservation policeman who struggles to “clean up the public image of his people.” Mogie, the older brother he once idolized, is now a caustic drunk who flaunts the Indian stereotype Rudy abhors. Through biting humor and striking visuals, Eyre produces a rich portrait of racism and brotherhood, alcoholism and laughter in this tale of murder, betrayal, and ultimate redemption.

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