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Bennie Klain (Navajo)
Columbus Day Legacy, the new, award-winning documentary by Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain, takes viewers to Denver, Colorado, where Christopher Columbus and the holiday honoring him are subjects of heated debate.
Denver's Italian-Americans feel it is their right to honor Columbus, an Italian, and to celebrate his arrival to North America. The local American Indian Movement chapter is strongly opposed, and argue that Columbus should not be celebrated because of his acts of genocide on North America's Indigenous population. Unwavering in their viewpoints, the disagreement goes public during the Italian-Americans' annual Columbus Day parade.
In the film, Klain, unbiased in his filmmaking, captures the drama surrounding the 2007 parade from both sides of the conflict.
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