The Spring 2022 Film Series from the Indigenous Advocacy and Student Support Team will continue with a discussion of The Seventh Fire at 5:30 p.m. February 22 via Zoom.
Any interested member of the Illinois State University community is invited to attend. The Seventh Fire should be screened independently and is available on Kanopy. The discussion will be led by Dr. Shannon Epplett.
The film follows the story of Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, who is sentenced to prison for the fifth time. He must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his 17-year-old protege, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.
The film was nominated for best documentary in numerous film festivals such as the Stockholm Film Festival, Sante Fe Independent Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and the East End Film Festival. The film won best documentary at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.