500 Nations (1995)
Please Note: This is not a Christian movie but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful for discussion. We recommend reading a review with more information about its moral content before watching this movie or showing it to a group.
Description of this movie from the film’s website:
New Series Introduction; Series Prologue: Wounded Knee Legacy; Episode 1: The Ancestors – Early Cultures of North America; Episode
2: Mexico – The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs
Episode 3: Clash of Cultures – The People Who Met Columbus; Episode 4: Invasion of the Coast – The First English Settlements
Episode 5: Cauldron of War – Iriquois Democracy and the American Revolution; Episode 6: Removal – War and Exile in the East
Episode 7: Roads Across the Plains – Struggle for the West; Episode 8: Attack on Culture – “I Will Fight No More Forever”; Closing
500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations’ desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.
Featurette: CGI Insight with Director Jack Leustig
Introduction: New series introduction and closing remarks by Kevin Costner
Other: Bonus CD-ROM disc of extensive archival and making-of material
“Stunning storytelling. Important, head-turning TV that earns a standing ovation.” – Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times