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Trudell On Trudell and Frontline’s The Tank Man

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Trudell tells the story of John Trudell’s journey to activism, poetry, and music in his own voice. Director Heather Rae weaves together archival footage in a variety of formats, interviews, and Trudell’s work.

Here you can see a performance following a screening of Trudell.

I saw it at a community screening in San Francisco. It made me want to seek out his music and see the longer version. It was shown in theaters and will soon be available on DVD. It will be shown Tuesday, April 11th on many PBS stations (check local listings because some stations show Independent Lens on another day or repeat it).

[ADBLOCKHERE]Earlier, on most PBS stations, The Tank Man. It uses his story to focus on what is happening in China today, including the crackdown on the use of the Internet as a forum for dissent and the involvement of US companies. The website will have much more and the entire 90-minute program will be available online after 5 pm on Friday, April 14th.

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  • kate smith

    The PBS site for this film is awesome. There’s a cool timeline about the man and an interview with him too. Check it out.

  • http://www.crowscry.com John Spivey

    Just saw the movie on PBS tonight. Impressive, powerful. As a poet I’m touched by his poetry. As a human being I’m touched by his humanity. It’s difficult to love life and love the earth and to feel the pain of what is happening. Why do we let it happen?