Spirit Riders

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Jeffrey dialogues with James Kleinert, filmmaker and US Freestyle athlete about his life before film, getting involved with the Lakota Nation, growing up in Wisconsin, his awakened spirituality inspired from his work with Native American Cultures and his monumental work on his beautiful documentary, SPIRIT RIDERS.

SPIRIT RIDERS is an international award-winning documentary film about the birth of an American Indian peace movement, begun in 1990 by the Lakota Nation and its growth over the subsequent years.

From the stunning images of wilderness landscapes to the dramatic footage of peace and unity horseback rides, this film is a visual delight. With narration by Peter Coyote, interviews with ride-participant Viggo Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings & Hidalgo) and an eclectic soundtrack featuring American Indian Grammy winner Bill Miller, Robert Mirabal, Keith Secola, Rick Allen, Lauren Monroe. SPIRIT RIDERS not only entertains, but leads the audience on a profound journey inside a culture and a movement offering ancient traditional visions of peace to a troubled modern world.

Many respected members of the Lakota community, including descendants of Sitting Bull and Black Elk are featured in the film, both as participants in the rides and as social/cultural commentators. Charlotte Black Elk, Alex Whiteplume, Birgil Killstraight, Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Russell Means and Mel Lonehill all make appearances in the film.

The film introduces us to the Lakota Indian tradition of ceremonial horseback rides and how in the last fifteen years these rides have become a source of inspiration for the Lakota people and a medium for a worldwide message of peace. We explore the annual Peace And Unity rides which each year are conducted to a different sacred site on the summer solstice. On that day, June 21st, a ceremony is held for peace among all people of the world and harmony with the environment. The film shows how this vision is coming to pass as the movement, which started as a purely local event, has since led to annual ceremonies not only in Central America but as far away as Ireland, Australia and South Africa.

SPIRIT RIDERS explores how the roots of the World Peace movement lie in the suffering and recovery of the Lakota. Through rides and ceremonies, Lakota people have found ways to let go of the grief and despair which persisted for over a hundred years following the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee and envision a new and hopeful future. This is the invaluable journey which the Lakota people have to offer not only their own people but all the peoples of the world.

The film has a wonderful interview with Viggo Mortensen who has donated much of his time and resources to making this project happen and has a special interest in horses (Hidalgo). James also talks about his spiritual transformation that was precipitated by a serious injury that was sustained while doing dangerous stunt work on a film project just before he was inspired to pursue his passion for the story of the Lakota Nation.
SPIRIT RIDER promises to be a landmark film that has much to offer a world that needs a greater connection to life, the earth, and a heart centered consciousness.

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