Blauvogel (1979)

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This curious East German children's film is set in western Ohio during the French and Indian War (1754-63). Since western Ohio at any time was not a familiar sight to East German eyes, there are the inevitable gaffs here. In essence, the drama is meant to show the Native Americans to advantage against the white barbarians, whatever their nationality. After a nine-year-old boy is captured by an Iroquois band, he is raised as the son of their chieftain (whose own son has died). Many years go by, and the interminable war between the British and the French in this region has ended. As a result, the now-grown boy returns to his home and his birth father. But everything is not as he expected -- life among the ruling whites proves to be worse than braving the vagaries of nature among the Iroquois.

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adoption, chief, cross-cultural-relations, kidnapping, Native-American, son, war