As a child of The Movement I grew up with a profound sense of idealism, but also of loss. My father worked tirelessly for progressive change and I always assumed at some point he would pass the baton to me, but by the time I came of age the country’s politics had shifted to the right, and that heady sense of collectivism from the ‘60s and ‘70s was gone. My hero, who I had always known as Kit, had changed his name to Tatanka and had involved himself in new causes that I failed to understand. 

 

I wanted to make a film that could answer my own questions about my father’s identity, but also to portray the experience of the Sixties and Seventies in a vivid way and to ask bigger questions about the tension between working for a better world and working for a living. In my father’s story lives the power of individuals to make profound change, but also the heartbreak of broken dreams and the bittersweet tension of expectations between parents and their children.

Director's Statement

2014 (C) OTIS FILMS.

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