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Saints & Strangers 2015

  • 2015-11-22T21:00:00-08:00
  • National Geographic (US)
  • 2015-11-22T00:00:00-08:00
  • 90 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, History
Saints & Strangers is a story that goes beyond the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving and the founding of Plymouth Plantation, revealing the trials and tribulations of the settlers at Plymouth: 102 men, women and children who sailed on a chartered ship for a place they had never seen. Of this group, half are those we think of as “pilgrims,” religious separatists who abandoned their prior lives for a single cause: religious freedom. The other half, the "merchant adventurers," had less spiritual and more material, real-world objectives. This clash of values created complex inner struggles for the group as they sought to establish a new colony, compounded by a complicated relationship with the local Native American tribes. The conflicting allegiances among these groups culminated in trials of assimilation, faith, and compromise, that continued to define our nation to this day.

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Less than 60 seconds into the film, a band of whooping Natives descends on the pilgrims and the two groups exchange fire—bullets from one side and arrows from the other. The scene exhibits many of what the four Wampanoag tribal communities are calling “cultural, historical and linguistic inaccuracies” in the film.

“It’s completely irresponsible telling of history,” said Linda Coombs, director of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Cultural Center. “This is one of the most well-documented parts of history, but it is distorted for the purposes of sensationalism.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/11/25/how-saints-strangers-got-it-wrong-wampanoag-primer-162566

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I thought this was a very well done depiction of the first Thanksgiving. Thought it was well acted and well done!
(via TV Blaze for WP)

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