Incident at Oglala
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Produced and narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary Incident at Oglala is an examination of the murder case involving Leonard Peltier. Produced and narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary takes place in the Indian reservations of South Dakota near Wounded Knee, where U.S. soldiers massacred the native population (including Sioux Chief Sitting Bull) in 1890. On June 6, 1975, two FBI agents were killed in a village near Oglala, SD, and though many were charged with the crime, only Native American leader Leonard Peltier was convicted of murder. The case involves conflicting evidence that… More

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"The emphasis on facts and talking heads pays off as the movie slowly builds a sense of outrage."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Incident at Oglala reconstructs a 1975 gunfight that left two FBI agents dead and makes a strong case that the wrong man may be serving time for their murders."
‑ Susan Chumsky, Entertainment Weekly
"Incident at Oglala presents sufficient evidence to warrant a re-examination of Leonard Peltier's case."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A textbook example of how to make a documentary."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The evidence and legal maneuvering is complex, but Apted skillfully guides us through it, managing to make some larger statements about life on a reservation as well."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A fascinating, comprehensive and disturbing film-fortified by Maryse Alberti`s striking photography of the ruggedly beautiful land-that is both exhaustive and exhausting."
‑ Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune
"Incident at Oglala achieves what it set out to do, not only in Mr. Peltier's behalf but also in that of his people."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A powerful documentary on a miscarriage of justice over the deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation on June 26, 1975."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Presents one more egregious example of the terrible treatement Native Americans have received from the U.S. government."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"British filmmaker Michael Apted makes a carefully reasoned, yet passionate statement about the legal system that has ensnared Peltier."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"Incident at Oglala is an even-handed cry of outrage, a coolly passionate documentary that focuses a piercing ray of light on an American scandal."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Redford and his team make no claim for Peltier's guilt or innocence. The issue is whether Peltier received a fair trial, and the evidence they've amassed is impressively damning."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A major achievement, considering the obstacles: incendiary subject, mistrust by Indian leaders, suspicious FBI, and six months of negotiations to get an interview with the imprisoned Peltier"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"In general, the argument is very forceful."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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