Sándor's Oregon Trail

To make Sándor's Oregon Trail, writer and filmmaker Sándor Lau walks through 2,000 miles of rattlesnakes, river crossing, and and high-velocity lead poisoning without dying of dysentery. Along the way he meets Native Americans and historic reenactors keeping history alive. Through careful consultation with rivers and mountains, bison and salmon, Sándor discovers the center of the universe in the middle of nowhere.

Think of it as the love child of Ken Burns and Ira Glass. This is a living history documentary—no old photographs or scratchy black and white film. Hand-drawn animation by Corrie Francis Parks brings out maps and pictures of what was. The story of the past is written in the personalities of the present—spiritual descendants of emigrants and tribes of the Trail who become Sándor’s guides on the journey of half a million lifetimes.

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Sándor's Oregon Trail

Sándor Lau

To make Sándor's Oregon Trail, documentarian Sándor Lau walks 2,000 miles from Independence Missouri to the Willamette Valley in the footsteps of the pioneers, trying to avoid stepping on buffalo pies and prairie trout. Along the way he meets modern day…


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To make Sándor's Oregon Trail, documentarian Sándor Lau walks 2,000 miles from Independence Missouri to the Willamette Valley in the footsteps of the pioneers, trying to avoid stepping on buffalo pies and prairie trout. Along the way he meets modern day homesteaders, and oral historians keeping the spirit of the Trail alive. He also explores the stories and meets the descendants of the tribes whose lives were forever changed by the flood of newcomers to their ancestral lands.

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