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      Buffalo Dreams

      TV-G 2005 1h 30m Drama Adventure List
      Reviews 61% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A Navajo teen (Simon R. Baker) and a mountain-biker (Reiley McClendon) from Chicago must bridge a cultural gap to become friends and preserve tribal land. Read More Read Less

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      Barbara Shulgasser Common Sense Media Drama explores Navajo traditions, environmental issues. Rated: 3/5 Jan 31, 2020 Full Review Roger Catlin Hartford Courant Graham Greene adds some weight to the story, which ends up as entertaining for grownups as it is for kids. Sep 17, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Rosana B Que filme lindo, adoro filmes com a cultura dos nativos norte americanos, aqui temos o contrates das tradições versus o contemporâneo, mas o mais importante a valorização, as raízes locas, o amor pela natureza, belas imagens, lendas contadas de pais para filho, roteiro simples e envolvente, personagens cativantes, tudo muito fofinho... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/17/22 Full Review andy h Does it rank up high with the classics, probably not; but it's ambition for cinematography and respect for culture make it at least an underrated gem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A strong message surrounded by a lackluster story and one dimensional characters makes this a very forgettable DCOM. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Buffalo Dream (2005) Disney Channel film I thought the story for this film was excellent. I was impressed by the story telling. You often do not see the clash of cultural beliefs, young vs old, ethnic differences, old traditions or cultures vs younger ways wanting new ways portrayed in films. Especially by Disney or in Native American culture. You often do not see science and religion represented in films. I liked how we saw smart adults and kids and the kids actually acted like kids and the parents acted wise and smart. These were not dumb adults or kids. They were portrayed in a believable way. I liked the casting of the cast to have characters of different ages, ethnicities or seeing a character who does not speak and does sign language. I thought for Disney it is rare to see characters of Native American decent or do sign language. I really enjoyed this film. I think the message such as not pollutions the environment or staying off protected trails to preserve the land and try and stop vandalizing is an important message. One of the things that stood out to me immediately as the credits were running through was who was the music composer for this film. Ramin Djawadi who would later compose the music in the 2008 film Iron Man film. However this film’s film score does not seem that distinguished or memorable to me like the Iron Man Score does that immediately stands out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/16/20 Full Review Audience Member Not an accurate portrayal of the Navajo people (Diné) or the culture. Navajos and buffalo don't go together, wrong tribe. Navajos don't care about world peace, just peace within the four sacred mountains. The "medicine man" spoke in Navajo incorrectly, ceremonies aren't practiced on non Navajo, Navajos do not give others "native" names like Rides With Wind?, and they don't go on vision quests. I wouldn't want people watching this and thinking it's accurate. Only thing that looked Navajo was the clothing the grandma had on with turquoise. Thank you Disney for the laugh, now all my white friends want Indian names. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Alright Disney channel movie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A Navajo teen (Simon R. Baker) and a mountain-biker (Reiley McClendon) from Chicago must bridge a cultural gap to become friends and preserve tribal land.
      Director
      David Jackson
      Screenwriter
      Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen
      Production Co
      Cosgrove/Meurer Productions
      Rating
      TV-G
      Genre
      Drama, Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 2, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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