Reviews and Festivals
"An excellent effort to convey a fraught, bloody story in this documentary of protest and resistance... What emerges is not just an improbably David and Goliath tale but a surprising dimension of duplicity, extortion and betrayal, including Indian-on-Indian treachery and murder. No one comes away with a clean conscience. Strongly recommended."
— Video Librarian
"Enthralling... A thrilling, intimate window into already dramatic events... The value of the documentary, and the fact that the footage it includes survived in the first place, is that it creates a record of the tactics deployed by the state to destroy the AIM in Wounded Knee — and the resilience of the movement's activists in spite of it."
— Boston Review
"Humane but unflinching look at one of the most famous Indigenous resistance groups in modern history... McKiernan's best work in this documentary comes with the delicate humanization of the AIM rank and file."
— The New Republic
"A casual intimacy permeates his images, some grainy, some out of focus, and many quietly personal. He captures the hum-drum routine of daily living amid the threat of frequent gunfire."
— Santa Barbara Independent
"From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey is one that can open ears, eyes, and minds to things going on within the world, and that has been going on for years."
— Film Threat
"Journalist and filmmaker Kevin McKiernan explores the complexities of revolution in the meditative From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey."
"This is not just a story of tragedy and loss, but a more complex story of humor in the face of challenge and pride in the face of systemic disrespect. Deeply moving, informative and at times tragic, this documentary told an important story about the American Indians' struggle for their rights, specifically from the 1970s onwards... Cinema like this is the perfect wake-up call."
— Student Life, Washington University in St. Louis
Mill Valley Film Festival
St. Louis Film Festival
American Indian Film Festival
River Run Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival