Seen It Before: White Christians vs. Indian Pagans in 'Alone Yet Not Alone'
Poolaw agrees. While she doesn't "give a flap" about the Leininger sisters, she believes the movie tells only one side of the story. “Nobody knows the other side. There weren't translators or secretaries taking notes from the Delaware," she points out.
But George Escobar, the movie's co-director, co-writer, and one of its producers, says that the filmmakers made sure to depict the humanity and brutality of both sides.
He describes a scene in the film in which a young George Washington says whites should respect Native people. "We added that to give motivation for the Native Americans to side with the French," Escobar explains. He says other scenes give a context for the Indian raids. "People just don't commit these actions without any reason," he adds.
Still, Poolaw is concerned with the story’s suggestion of forced Indian/white relations. "I don't know what these [Christian] people are going to think of my people when ‘The End’ flashes across the screen. Sex abuse is going to be their first thought. That’s the only thing that bothers me. To my estimation, we weren't like that," she says.
Poolaw hasn’t seen the movie but says, “Sounds like a Disney story—a nursery rhyme for white people."
Alone Yet Not Alone will open Friday, June 13. Tickets are available through Seatzy.
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