'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' at Cinemaworld West Melbourne 16

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Adapted​ ​from​ ​the​ ​acclaimed​ ​novel​ ​by​ ​Kent​ ​Nerburn,​ ​this​ ​funny​ ​and​ ​deeply​ ​moving​ ​film​ ​follows​ ​an​ ​author who​ ​gets​ ​sucked​ ​into​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​contemporary​ ​Native​ ​American​ ​life​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sparse​ ​lands​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dakotas by​ ​a​ ​95-year-old​ ​Lakota​ ​elder.​ ​Kent​ ​Nerburn​ ​(Christopher​ ​Sweeney),​ ​a​ ​good-hearted,​ ​white​ ​American family​ ​man​ ​and​ ​writer,​ ​receives​ ​a​ ​mysterious​ ​call​ ​from​ ​a​ ​distant​ ​Indian​ ​reservation​ ​regarding​ ​an​ ​oral history​ ​book​ ​he​ ​made​ ​with​ ​Red​ ​Lake​ ​Ojibwe​ ​reservation​ ​students​ ​in​ ​northern​ ​Minnesota.​ ​Despite misgivings,​ ​Kent​ ​travels​ ​across​ ​America's​ ​northern​ ​plains​ ​to​ ​arrive​ ​at​ ​the​ ​bleak,​ ​poverty-stricken reservation​ ​deep​ ​in​ ​the​ ​high​ ​plains​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dakotas.​ ​The​ ​old​ ​man,​ ​Dan​ ​(Dave​ ​Bald​ ​Eagle),​ ​who​ ​lives​ ​alone in​ ​a​ ​clapboard​ ​shack​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hills​ ​with​ ​his​ ​only​ ​real​ ​companions - his​ ​dog,​ ​a​ ​close​ ​friend​ ​named Grover​ ​(Richard​ ​Ray​ ​Whitman)​ ​and​ ​his​ ​granddaughter,​ ​Wenonah​ ​(Roseanne​ ​Supernault) interrogates Kent​ ​as​ ​to​ ​his​ ​motives​ ​for​ ​working​ ​with​ ​Indian​ ​people.​ ​Once​ ​satisfied​ ​he​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​turquoise​ ​clad​ ​'wannabe' spouting​ ​Indian​ ​philosophy,​ ​Dan​ ​recounts​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​American​ ​history​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Native​ ​point​ ​of​ ​view.​ ​As the​ ​stories​ ​pour​ ​from​ ​Dan,​ ​Kent's​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​is​ ​turned​ ​upside​ ​down.​ ​An​ ​inanimate landscape​ ​comes​ ​alive,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​history​ ​he​ ​thought​ ​he​ ​knew​ ​is​ ​called​ ​into​ ​question.

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