A Good Day to Die

Directed by Lynn Salt and David Mueller

A Good Day to Die

Interviewee Clyde Bellecourt
Interviewee Cyril Griffin
Interviewee Russell Hawkins
Interviewee Bob Hicks
Interviewee Larry Anderson
Interviewee Dennis Banks
Interviewee Eda Gordon
Interviewee Sydney Bird
Interviewee Lehman Brightman
Interviewee Jerry Brown
Interviewee Leonard Foster
Interviewee De Glassgow
Interviewee LaDonna Harris
Interviewee Tashina Banks
Interviewee Brenda Child
Interviewee Frances Fairbanks

Directed by David Mueller and Lynn Salt
Produced by David Mueller and Lynn Salt

A GOOD DAY TO DIE chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, the film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. From the forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools, to discrimination by law enforcement authorities, to neglect by government officials responsible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM sought redress for the many grievances that its people harbored. Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee -- climactic flash points which saw him standing steadfast as a leader for his cause. Bittersweet and compelling, A GOOD DAY TO DIE charts the rise and fall of a movement that fought for the civil rights of American Indians.


"A wonderful, sorrowful, compelling film. From classrooms of fear and forced assimilation, to the climactic stand-off at Wounded Knee, it is an essential chapter in the all-too-infrequently told tale of those who can truly call this continent home." Ken Burns, filmmaker


  • WINNER: Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival

    WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Santa Cruz Film Festival

    WINNER: Best Documentary, International Cherokee Film Festival

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