James M. Fortier’s documentary “Alcatraz Is Not An Island” has already gathered critical praise — it was the recipient of the 1999 American Indian Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature award. Now the film is reaching a new audience of over 20,000 filmgoers while it screens at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City.
The film looks at a three-year period in which American Indians took up an occupation of San Francisco Bay landmark Alcatraz Island. The events that unfolded between 1969 and 1971 formed the nucleus of the Red Power Movement and had a lasting influence on Native American culture and identity.
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