Anaquads Kleinert”s powerful documentary film Spirit Riders has won numerous awards but was never released!
Anaquad will be editing and completing a new addition of the film coming in 2014!
Spirit Riders is an international award wining documentary film about the birth of an American Indian peace movement, begun 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 and an eclectic soundtrack featuring American Indian Grammy winner Bill Miller, Robert Mirabal, 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 descendents 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 twenty years these rides have become a source of inspiration for the Lakota people and a medium for a worldwide message of peace.
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 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 have to offer not only their own people but all the peoples of the world.