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CHIEFS

CHIEFS

No. 6672D


Winner: Best Documentary, 2002 Tribeca Film Festival
A 2004 Notable Children's Video (American Library Assoc.)

by Daniel Junge, Donna Dewey and Henry Ansbacher
This new documentary video from Academy Award-winning producer Donna Dewey (Homeboys) is a powerful addition to any character education program. CHIEFS follows a team of Native American teens as they strive to recapture the state basketball championship while battling against poverty, alcoholism, drugs and racism. After graduation, the young men's next challenge is to convert the pride and success they experience on the basketball court into success in their adult lives—including higher education and employment.

CHIEFS portrays the very real consequences of choices made by each member of the team. Thanks to thrilling game footage and a sympathetic portrayal of the players' lives, viewers will root for them all—and learn many valuable lessons along the way.

The video is split into 3 distinct sections for easy viewing and discussion. Discussion questions included. (89 min.)

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REVIEW
'Chiefs' a tale of Indian team's grit, success
by Ellen Sweets
Denver Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 15, 2002

The opening lines of "Chiefs," an exceptional documentary created by a talented trio of Denverites, are the stuff of poetry. They are spoken by a trial elder:

Once upon a time, among the Arapaho, there was a group of highly respected young men that served as messengers. In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as 'those that fly.' They wore special moccasins. When they ran, it appeared that their feet did not touch the earth.

In "Chiefs," which was named best documentary at New York's 2002 Tribeca Film Festival, the messengers are members of a basketball team that plays over two seasons on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. But this is no ordinary team, and this is not simply about a record of powerhouse basketball. This is a study in dedication, courage, grit, family and resilience.

The film, an original creation from Academy Award-winning producer Donna Dewey, co-producer Henry Ansbacher and director Daniel Junge, also reflects the meticulous distillation of hundreds of hours of filming.

The result is an exquisite gem that will resonate long after the credits roll.

"Chiefs," which played to sold-out audiences during the Denver International Film Festival in October, returns tonight for a special two-week run at the Starz FilmCenter on the Auraria campus.

Every year for the past 18, silver-haired Al Redman has coached the Wyoming high school's basketball team. And every year he has found a way to win, chalking up five state championships and a record 50-game winning streak.

"Chiefs" follows the team through two seasons of heart-stopping basketball, a game that can make or break a future. In Wind River, poverty, alcoholism, racism and youth suicide are part of life on the 'rez. But so are hoops. And for some it is a more powerful force than any of these debilitating factors.

Junge was born in Wyoming and played high school basketball. He was already familiar with the team's reputation.

"We knew about the Chiefs, but we didn't play them," he said. "We didn't want to play them because it was a losing proposition."

To experience, albeit briefly, what it's like to go up against the Chiefs, and to be an Indian in America in the 21st century, see the messengers fly.

 

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