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Native American legend John Trudell
to speak in Ventura after sneak peak of his new film TRUDELL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ventura, CA - March 9, 2006 --

Native American Poet and Activist John Trudell will be speaking in Ventura on Thursday March 9th after the screening of a new film about his life, aptly titled T R U D E L L.

Using 16mm, Super 8 film and video footage as a backdrop, the documentary takes you on a journey through Trudell's life as he grows up in abject poverty in Omaha, to his later years as spokesperson and leader during the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz, which later helped form the American Indian Movement.One major defining moment in his life came in 1979 after a demonstration in Washington, D.C. in front of FBI headquarters. It was less than 24 hours later that his wife, her mother, and their three children were killed in a suspicious fire on the Shoshone Paiute reservation in Nevada.

Speaking through his own personal pain and on behalf of generations not yet born, Trudell cuts through race and politics to speak simple truths that remind us of our connection to one another. And it's all captured masterfully by filmmaker Heather Rae who embarked on a 10 year expedition alongside Trudell.

The special sneak preview screening of T R U D E L L takes place on Thursday March 9th at 7PM the Underground Café located at 3367 Telegraph Road in Ventura. Come early to join in a traditional blessing ceremony and meet John Trudell in person after the screening! This event is brought to you by The Brokenrope Foundation - a new Native American resource and cultural affairs organization based in Ventura.

While a $10 donation is suggested, no will be turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets are available at the Underground Café. T R U D E L L opens officially March 10 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Theatres.

Media inquiries should contact Good Karma Public Relations at 805-653-1588 or email GoodKarma@GoodKarmaPR.com
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