Delving into America’s dark history of mistreatment towards its indigenous peoples, this documentary offers a stark examination of the grim legacy left behind. Filmmakers Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman present a compelling argument, suggesting that the United States’ treatment of Native Americans qualifies as genocide, given the deliberate and systematic efforts by the government to exterminate native populations over centuries.

Supported by footage, the documentary exposes the economic marginalization of American Indians, chronic violations of legal agreements with native tribes, neglect and mismanagement of Indian reservations, and the harsh realities of Native Americans forced to live under substandard conditions on barren land. Additionally, it sheds light on the media’s reluctance to report on issues such as suicide and school shootings plaguing reservation youth.

“The Canary Effect” premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, offering viewers a poignant and thought-provoking exploration of a tragic chapter in American history.

Directed by: Robin Davey, Yellow Thunder Woman

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