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Pow Wow

Directed by Robinson Devor
United States, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

Using modern-day characters to illuminate an infamous 1908 manhunt for Willie Boy, a Native American who outran a mounted posse on foot across 500 miles of desert in the Coachella Valley, Pow Wow presents individuals that have, in many ways, utilized the desert to survive and run free.

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Pow Wow Directed by Robinson Devor
As the number of narrators increases and their stories begin to merge, the film develops into a seductive stream of consciousness given direction by this place's wrinkles both past and present, each couched in surreal, dreamlike images that only add to the sense of growing intoxication.
August 14, 2016
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There's plenty of irony to mine in the plaid-pants lifestyle and retiree mindset, but the tone remains circumspect (there are dead bodies found amid the palm groves, after all), and the results inconclusive, as if Devor got necessarily lost looking for his thesis but wisely kept the camera rolling.
September 26, 2016
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Devor's exquisite doc made me realize I'm simply a sucker for films that exhibit tension between a formal cinematic aesthetic (lovely to look at) and the surreal (often nearly experimental) occurrences going on in the frame.
April 03, 2017
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