A rugged landscape reveals a history of defiance and colonialism on the California-Oregon border. This cinematic essay, narrated by Stephanie Foo, meditates on the landscapes that tell, reinvent, and obscure the history of the nineteenth-century Modoc War. This landscape is inhabited by markers of primordial, ancient, colonial, and modern history. Hidden within its wildlife refuges, ancient obsidian mines, abandoned trains, war memorials, and even a former Nazi POW camp, is a more complete history, which tells of more than just battles and assassinations. This is as much a film about the displacement of Modocs from their homeland as it is a story about memorialization, remembering, and forgetting.
Directed by: Kristen Brown and Matthew Harrison Tedford
Narrated by: Stephanie Foo
Music by: Joseph Genden
Fiscally Sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society
Support provided by the Puffin Foundation
© Kristen Brown and Matthew Harrison Tedford