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Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

Opens on February 8

Director: Geoff O'Gara Run Time: 60 min. Release Year: 2021

Starring: Yufna Soldier Wolf

“Kill the Indian to save the man” was the catchphrase of The Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a boarding school opened in Pennsylvania in 1879. It became a grim epitaph for numerous native children who died there. In 2017, a delegation from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming attempts to retrieve the remains of three Northern Arapaho children buried far from home in the school cemetery, on a journey to recast the troubled legacy of Indian boarding schools, and heal historic wounds. This documentary film is produced by The Content Lab LLC, with support from The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, The Wyoming Humanities Council, and Wyoming PBS.

Please stay for Q&A with associate producer Jordan Dresser moderated by Charlene Hunt following the film.

Jordan Dresser (Associate Producer, Northern Arapaho tribe member) lives on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. In 2009, he became the Public Relations Officer for the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, WY. During this time, Jordan produced a documentary film, Lived History: the Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum, which aired on Wyoming PBS. In 2016 he co-produced the documentary film What Was Ours (Alpheus Media/ITVS) about Wind River Reservation residents seeking to retrieve artifacts from The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and other locations. He serves as the Collections Manager at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office working closely with the team in tribal repatriation efforts. Jordan played a key role as Associate Producer of Home From School and his directorial debut film, Who She Is, will shine a light on the missing and murdered indigenous people in Wyoming and will be completed in 2022.

Charlene Hunt is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and serves as Program Manager for the NC AIHB. Her passion lies within celebrating and connecting resources related to her Lumbee roots. Charlene is a Salem College alumni where she received her BA in Education. She was part of the inaugural cohort for the 2013 NC Native Leadership Institute. She serves on the American Indian Heritage and Guilford Native American Associate planning committees and has worked on various projects including the Healthy Native North Carolinians Garden video , Still Here documentary and Native Pathways to Health.


The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South for screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking. Southern Circuit prioritizes featuring Southern filmmakers and stories and works with a network of Screening Partner organizations across the region to present screenings with Q&As and other community/educational engagements with touring filmmakers. They are committed to presenting films by filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and filmmakers with disabilities.

Since Southern Circuit’s inception in 1975, more than three hundred filmmakers from around the country have toured, sharing their work and perspectives with over one hundred Screening Partner communities across the South. Southern Circuit is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

This film contains content and material that may be emotional for some audiences with backgrounds in historic and personal trauma relating to the Native American boarding school experience.


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