Stories I Didn't Know (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 14m

It’s a family reunion … what could go wrong? Plenty, as we soon learn when Rita Davern exposes an ugly reality at the heart of a family legend. Her family members have always been proud to say that their great grandparents once owned Pike Island, a beautiful piece of land in Minnesota. But when Rita relates what happened to the people who lived there before, some family members react with understanding, others with arguments and anger. Rita’s attempts to understand what happened and why leads her on a journey that requires facing the complicated legacy of westward expansion in the United States. Along the way she meets Ramona, a Dakota educator. What Ramona’s ancestors experienced because of U.S. government policies puts faces and names on this story. Rita listens and learns. She wants to find a way to put something right. We learn the value of finding and facing the past by watching her journey.

Director

Melody Gilbert

Director

Rita Davern

Producer

Melody Gilbert

Producer

Melody Gilbert

Producer

Rita Davern

Editor

Miles Painter

Composer

Charlie McCarron

Colorist

Chris Chiabotti

Sound Mix

Jesse A. Marks

Assistant Producer

Dumitrita Pacicovschi

Language

English

Country

United States Minor Outlying Islands