Columbus Day Legacy
Columbus Day Legacy explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into this very personal yet very public conflict, asking tough questions about identity and history in America. Since 1992, the Denver Italian-American community has proudly and publicly celebrated Columbus Day with a revived parade--long a part of the city's history--much to the dismay of the local American Indian Movement chapter who are equally determined to vilify the man credited with "discovering" America. The history of this annual parade is peppered with both verbal and physical violence, challenging ideas of political correctness and freedom of assembly. Both the Italian- and Native Americans are strong, vibrant, tight-knit communities--a point conveyed by the film as it uncovers conflicting notions of the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history and what it means to be an "American."
For viewers: Please contact your local public television station to find out when they will be scheduling this program.
Feed Date & NOLA Code for Standard Definition:
Sat., March 26, 2011, at 1930-2000ET/SD07
Sat., Oct. 1, 2011, at 1100-1130ET/SD07
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Honors & Awards
Official Selection, 15th Annual Native American Indian Film & Video Festival (Nov. 1-6, 2012)
Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival in Vancity, Canada (Nov. 10-13, 2011)
Official Selection, American Anthropological Association Annual Conference (Nov. 18, 2011)
Official Selection, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2011)
Official Selection, nominated & won "Best Short Documentary," 36th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA (Nov. 5, 2011)
Official Selection, 2011 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Winner, SWAIA's Documentary Category, Santa Fe Indian Market; August 2011; Best Documentary & Best of Classification: Moving Images (Class X)
Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures, awarded by the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2011 Black Hills Film Festival (Hill City, SD)
Official Selection, 2011 Cine Las Americas (Austin, TX)
Official Selection, 2011 Indie Spirit Film Festival (Colorado Springs, CO)
Official Selection, 2011 Arizona International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, 2011 Smithsonian Native American Film + Video Festival
University of Kentucky, English Department; Part of a lecture series sponsored by the Linguistics Program
Italian American Review, Summer 2012 Volume 2:2 pg. 135 article by Dina Fachin (9-13-12). "...the documentary touches upon the idea of blending opposing points of view on Columbus’s legacy and finding a compromise that will allow indigenous peoples and Italian Americans to retell American history outside the grammar of the invasion. In this sense, the film may be viewed as a resourceful pedagogical tool in the classroom..."
Native Peoples Magazine, January/February 2012 issue
Video Librarian, July/August 2011 issue, received 3 out of 4 stars
The Miami Student Online University Newspaper, April 1, 2011
Miami University, March 25, 2011
Indian Country Today Media Network Online, March 23, 2011