26 min 2006
“The country through which we pass today is much the same as that described of yesterday.”
The Journals of Lewis & Clark
In 1803 the USA was confined to the Atlantic coast. The West was an unmapped land through which no white man had travelled.
The President ordered Captains Lewis & Clark to command a force up the Missouri, to map out these lands, and to promise the native inhabitants the protection of The United States who would bring them freedom, peace, friendship, and wealth.
200 years later, a group of enthusiastic patriots, retired soldiers, and proud descendants of the original unit are re-enacting each day of that four year voyage, bringing them face to face with descendants of the natives promised so much.
This film was made as part of the Documentary Direction MA at the UK's National Film & Television School.
Festivals: Sheffield Doc / Fest, UK, 2006. Rooftop Film Festival, NYC, USA, 2007
© NFTS 2006
Directed, Produced, Camera by James Price
Edited by Marie Söderpalm
Sound Recording by Matthew Share
Sound Design by Jonas Bjerketvedt
On-Line Editor James Osbourne
Composer Edwin Sykes