Connecting Memories Film Screening - ‘Sacred Ground' by Tim Gruenewald and...

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We are delighted to invite you to the next Connecting Memories event which will be a screening a film by Tim Gruenewald and Ludwig Schmidtpeter. Entitled ‘Sacred Ground’, the film explores the memory politics of Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, into which the presidents’ faces were chiselled and which were sacred to the Lakota victims of Wounded Knee (see below for more details).

The film screening will take place in the Screening Room (G.04), 50 George Square, Edinburgh, on Friday 26th July 2019 from 11am to 1pm. The film will be introduced by Dr György Tóth (University of Stirling) and will be followed by a buffet lunch from 1pm to 2pm.

This event will not only offer an opportunity to watch this fascinating film but will also provide us with an opportunity to wish farewell to Dr Bárbara Fernández, co-founder of the Connecting Memories research initiative before she leaves Edinburgh to take up a post as Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Hong Kong in September.

The event is free of charge and we are grateful to the University of Edinburgh's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures ​for their generous support with this event.

We hope you will be able to make it and look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share details of this event with colleagues and friends.

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'Sacred Ground' - A film by Tim Gruenewald and Ludwig Schmidtpeter

Mount Rushmore and Wounded Knee are two sides of the same county line. One—a global icon of American patriotism. The other—a symbol of America’s original sin. This film explores how incomplete memory perpetuates past injustices. The contrast between these two sites encompasses much of contemporary American society. The presidents’ faces were chiseled into the same Black Hills that were sacred to the Lakota victims of Wounded Knee, and these rocks remain sacred to many Native Americans today. Mount Rushmore is a bustling hub of commerce and patriotic tourism, while 90% of the Pine Ridge reservation around Wounded Knee lives below the poverty line.

Dr Tim Gruenewald is an Assistant Professor in American Studies at The University of Hong Kong and a filmmaker. He is director of Sacred Ground.

Ludwig Schmidtpeter is an artist who works across diverse media as well as a filmmaker. He is co-director and producer of Sacred Ground.

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The film will be introduced by Dr György Tóth (University of Stirling).

Dr György Tóth is a Lecturer of post-1945 U.S. History and Transatlantic Relations at the division of History, Politics and Heritage of the University of Stirling.

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