Home From School follows the difficult journey of Soldierwolf and tribal elders as they delve into the controversial history of Indian boarding schools, patch together the historic record and personal stories of the relatives who were shipped away, and, finally, travel to Carlisle to reunite with, and ultimately retrieve, the lost children of their tribe.
Generations after Native American children were sent from their reservation homes across the country to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, family members seek to retrieve the stories and the remains of children who were buried far from home on the school grounds. The Carlisle boarding school was the 19th century brainchild of Capt. William Henry Pratt, who theorized that Indians could only be “civilized” if removed from their families and immersed in the culture and manners of the civilization that had conquered their people.
Release: November 23, 2021
Encore: January 10, 2022
Distributor: Independent Lens