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New documentary at APSU explores Sioux Indian buried a century ago in Germany

11/5/2013

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a snowy afternoon a few years ago, the filmmaker Bettina Renner was walking through an old, Catholic cemetery in Dresden, Germany, when she came across a headstone with the name “Edward Two Two” engraved on it. The marker further identified the man, who died in 1914, as a Sioux Indian chief.

The grave seemed so out of place in Dresden – a city nearly destroyed by massive Allied bombings during World War II – that Renner set out to learn how Edward Two Two wound up Germany. Her search for answers, which took the German director to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is the subject of Renner’s new documentary, “Bury My Heart in Dresden.”

At 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, Renner will visit Austin Peay State University to present a free showing of the film in the Clement Auditorium. The fascinating documentary traces Edward Two Two’s journey from South Dakota to the strange, wild west circuses traveling through early 20th century Europe, while also exploring the modern struggles of his descendants on the Pine Ridge Reservation.           

The film is sponsored by The Miss Tennky Area AFS Volunteer Leadership Team (Clarksville), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and The APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. Renner’s visit to Tennessee will be a homecoming of sorts. The director was a student at Davidson Academy in Nashville several years ago as an AFS-USA foreign exchange student.

 AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchanges for more than 60 years.  Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 U.S. students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid and welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students who come to study in U.S. high schools and live with host families.

The free screening of “Bury My Heart in Dresden” is a great way to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 11-15.

For more information on the event, contact Dr. Barbara Wills, with Miss Tennky Area AFS, at byw1010@aol.com.