THIS emotional documentary dramatically re-tells the story of the Trail of Tears, the brutal relocation of Native Americans from their homelands to Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma. Men, women, and children were forced to march over one thousand grueling miles to territories west of the Mississippi. Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation on the march, and many died, including 4,000 of the 15,000 relocated Cherokee.
TRAIL OF TEARS was produced in conjunction with the Cherokee Nation, giving the filmmakers unprecedented access and support to make every aspect of the film culturally and historically accurate.
WITH the help of language and cultural experts, this film brings history to life by capturing scenes with a Native American cast and access to top-tier costumes and sets, all while shooting at actual locations along the Trail of Tears. The end result is a powerful documentary experience that transports audiences to this dark moment in American history and humanizes Native Americans in a manner rarely captured in a motion picture.
The documentary tells the story from the Native American perspective and includes detailed reenactment scenes that unfold in the Cherokee dialect to create total authenticity. Filmed in stunning high-definition and utilizing feature quality historical reenactments, this theatrical documentary captures the devastating hardship, suffering, and ultimately, the triumph of Native Americans driven from their homelands.