Run to the East
Jan 14, 2012
(Henry Lu, 2010, USA, 87 min)
Co-presented by Longhouse Media
News headlines all over the West reinforce negative stereotypes of Native Americans: they live in communities associated with drug use, alcoholism and random acts of violence. But that isn't the entire story. Endurance running has long been a key spiritual element of Native American cultures—one through which individuals can demonstrate strength and resilience. Its importance has declined as modern problems have emerged, but many still believe in its benefits. Through endurance running, the next generation can learn mental toughness, the value of proper nutrition and the gratification that comes from winning. Can the high school seniors presented in this documentary use running to beat the odds and earn a scholarship to a prestigious college?