Heavily promoted on the basis of its Native American pedigree it's written by acclaimed novelist Sherman Alexie this film won both the Audience Award and the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1998 year's Sundance Film Festival. July 4, 1976: While
mainstream America celebrates its bicentennial, two families, the Josephs and unfortunately named Builds-the-Fire clan, are partying on the Coeur d'Alene Indian reservation. One thing leads to another, and soon the Builds-the-Fire house is engulfed in flames. Joseph-family patriarch Arnold saves little Thomas Builds-the-Fire, but Thomas's parents die in the blaze. He goes to live with his grandmother (Monica Mojica),...