The Canary Effect

Sep 2, 2023 | History, Videos

The Canary Effect is a powerful documentary that examines the devastating effects of United States policies on Indigenous peoples (Native Americans). Directed by Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, members of LA-based alternative pop group The Bastard Fairies, this riveting film explores the history of violent oppression inflicted on Native Americans in North America.

The documentary features interviews with leading scholars and experts on Indian issues, such as controversial author Ward Churchill. Through these interviews, the film paints an unflinching portrait of the genocidal practices perpetrated by the US government on Native Americans throughout history – and how those practices continue to have an impact today.

The Canary Effect premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to receive much critical acclaim, winning the Stanley Kubrick Award at the 2006 Traverse City Film Festival (Michael Moore hosts). By examining one of America’s darkest chapters from all angles, The Canary Effect sheds crucial light on a subject that has been too often overlooked or misunderstood.

Every person should see this important documentary for themselves. By bringing together both past and present realities in this compelling way, The Canary Effect offers viewers an invaluable education about a disturbing but necessary part of American history. Every person who values truth and justice owes it to themselves to watch this film – it may be hard to watch but it is even harder to turn away from what we have done.

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