Appropriate for: College/University
When the Fire Dimsby Daniel Golding
A visually poetic and realistic look at the destructive nature of alcoholism
When the Fire Dims explores the social and psychological reality faced by many Native Americans and examines the complex relationship alcoholism, cultural alienation, colonization and urban existence play in one man's life as he struggles to survive this unknown world. The story is told through Jimmy, a Pomo Indian who has left the reservation for promises of a better life in the city. He attempts daily to escape his loneliness through his alcoholism, which brings visions of the family he once knew and the cultural traditions he once shared.
Thumbs Up. This film touched bases with the everyday cycle of an alcoholic and what this lifestyle does to family. I believe that every Red Road in the USA should have a copy.
Martin D. Martinez III
Redwood Valley Red Road Member
This unique piece provokes native and non-native viewers' thoughtful insight into the heart and psyche of a displaced, indigenous Californian. This film can be shown solely for entertainment or it can be dissected into critical thinking pieces...highly recommended.
Rea Morningstar Supnet
Project Head, American Indian Education - Title IX
San Francisco Unified School District
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
- Best Short film, American Indian Film Festival
- Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
- Taos Talking Pictures Festival, Taos, New Mexico
- Third Place, Marin County Film Festival, Marin, California
- Nomination for Best Picture and Best Actor, Red Earth Film Festival, Oklahoma City, OK Brisbane International Film Festival, Br