ABOUT THE FILM
Shadow Nation is alive with music and passion as it follows a group of renowned rock musicians led by George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob) on a journey through Native American reservations in the southwest and the Great Plains. Forging new friendships, they learn about the many injustices done to Native Americans and how those seeds of repression have contributed to the poverty, alcoholism, and illnesses that continue to plague the reservations. The film features the thoughts and opinions of people like philosopher Noam Chomsky, activists and musicians Tom Morello and Serj Tankian, and even political lighting rod Ted Nugent. As manifest destiny unfolded a couple of centuries ago, a critical opportunity of merging two cultures was lost. Shadow Nation reveals the vacuous nature of our modern worldview, a philosophy of unrestrained materialism that’s disconnected from the natural world.
Shadow Nation will help to reveal the vacuous nature of our modern worldview, a philosophy of unrestrained materialism, disconnected from the natural world and supported by militarism. A powerfully blatant message when juxtaposed against the historical world-view of indigenous people. Their connection to the earth, their sense of humility and compassion, and their belief that all actions have long lasting consequences will inspire a re-examination of what our society has become.
Ultimately they will reveal how a new culture that utilizes the best aspects of both native and non-native’s views of governing, managing economy and spiritual balance is possible. The film will show how Europeans in early America (with the help of their doctrine of manifest destiny) got everything…but also missed everything.
The film’s climax sees Shadowtrain performing on the site of the spiritual “Ghost Dance” at Wounded Knee with native drums, ceremonial dancers and well-known guest musicians. In the final analysis, the film reveals to the audience that there is the possibility of a better, saner, more compassionate and less corrosive way to exist… that instant gratification comes with a very high price tag… and that indigenous people have known this both instinctively, and by trial and error, for thousands of years.