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PBS – Geronimo and the Apache Resistance (1988)

PBS Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

The story of a tragic collision of two civilisations, each with dramatically different views of both the world and of each other. In 1886, the US government mobilised 5,000 men to capture this legendary Apache who was believed to possess magical powers. Who was the legendary Geronimo? Who were the Apache? Or, more to the point, who were the Chiricahua Apache? And what was their story, in reality? To an Apache the past is traditionally a closed subject. To speak of the dead is taboo. So the Chiricahua have kept their experience largely to themselves – until now. This film is a privileged view. The Chiricahua have agreed to talk on camera as they never have before. For 20 years Geronimo and his people fought to keep their land and way of life. For 27 years they were held as prisoners of war, longer than anyone in our history.

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