Trail of Tears documentary premieres in Clay County

Producers of the award-winning film “Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy” have set its premiere showing in Alabama for Sept. 20-21 at the historic Ashland Theatre in Clay County. Honored as the best documentary at the 31st Annual American Indian Film Institute Festival in San Francisco, the two-hour film portrays the forced removal of the Cherokees from their homes in Alabama and other southern states to the Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
Narrator of the film is famed actor James Earl Jones. Other voices heard in the film are those of actors James Garner and John Buttram and singer Crystal Gayle. Wes Studi, Cherokee actor who portrayed Geronimo in the movie by the same name as well as performing in “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” presents the film’s message on camera in Cherokee with English subtitles.  Two showings have been set for the Alabama opening: Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. Advance purchases are suggested. For more information about the Alabama premiere, visit or phone 256-396-2058.

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