“Older Than America” was written, directed & stars Georgina Lightning (Rain). It tells the story of Rain who has nightmares about her mom in a boarding school where murders took place. A priest silenced the mother from speaking out by having her committed to a mental facility. He wants to do the same to her daughter Rain.
This is a message film that has multiple plots which have nothing to do with the main story. That story is about the atrocities committed against native kids in a local boarding school 40 years ago.
John (Adam Beach) is a tribal officer who plans to be an FBI agent. He sure doesn’t act like it after his fiance’ Rain gets herself into a car accident & this priest succeeds in moving her to another hospital. John doesn’t know how to investigate an abduction. He gets pushed around by a lowly security guard & was put in jail. Why? He committed no crime.
Luke (Bradley Cooper) is an earthquake specialist who visits the reservation. He has a spiritual “vision” of his friend killing himself. He believes he was meant to visit this reservation. Really? What does he have to do with Rain & her story?
John discovered a white male who was killed by an unknown native man. Why? Was the murder an act of revenge because of the abuse of native kids in boarding schools? Is it okay to kill a white male & get away with it on the reservation? Where is the justice in this unexplained murder?
This priest has power over the mayor who forces him into ruling the murder as a suicide. What does he have on the mayor? Did he black mail him? This priest also has power over a whole hospital where Rain is treated. He forces her aunt “Apple” (Tantoo Cardinal) to commit Rain to another hospital because they think she’s insane just like her mom. The patient legally has to sign that document to give up her rights. Her aunt signs the paper anyway & off Rain goes to a remote hospital.
Rain’s mom received electric shock treatments many years ago. Rain is only injected with a liquid. She wasn’t in any real danger. She also had no bruise on her head after the car accident. John tells her she has a bump, but where is that bump? Rain escapes from the hospital & nothing is said about her aunt’s actions. She never makes amends nor apologizes for the awful things she did to her own family. Was it all the priest’s fault?