Older Than America

February 10th, 2012


Older Than America

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A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother...

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.2/10 (242 voted)

Director: Georgina Lightning

Stars: Sarah Agnew, Jeri Arredondo, Noah Kol Balfour

A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada.

Writers: Georgina Lightning, Christine K. Walker

Sarah Agnew - Mary
Jeri Arredondo - Young Irene
Noah Kol Balfour - Little Many Lightnings
Dennis Banks - Pete Goodfeather
Adam Beach - Johnny
Raven Bellefleur - Little Irene
Mark Benninghoffen - Bryan Walker
Rose Berens - Irene
Jennifer Blagen - Clerk
Tantoo Cardinal - Auntie Apple
Chris Carlson - Redneck
Deborah Collins - Mom
Bradley Cooper - Luke
Debbie DeLisi - Receptionist
Jordan Diver - Spirit Kid


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 10 February 2012

Filming Locations: Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

User Review

Harsh Truths

Rating: 9/10

This movie really is not a view of life in boarding schools, per se. I don't believe it was intended to be. It is a metaphor for the effects still felt today by nearly all Native Americans here in the U.S. The movie "is" a period place. All of the issues that the story touches base on are those that Natives all over Indian Country are dealing with today. It is not the direct reflection of one single reason why Natives today face the afflictions of poverty, alcoholism, abuse, unemployment, illiteracy, and loss of identity as a culture, but the culmination of many. Forced attendance into an institution specifically designed to strip away everything it means to be "Indian" just so happens to be the primary area of focus in this film. The sub-plots add depth to the characters as well as much needed comic relief. Even though this film is classified as a drama, it should be shown in every history class across the United States, right after the lesson on the first "Thanksgiving".


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