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What this 1800s film about Sitting Bull says about terrorism in 2017 and the Dakota Access Pipeline

In the first scenes of the new film “Woman Walks Ahead,” widow Catherine Weldon (played by Jessica Chastain) sheds her corseted life as a Brooklyn housewife and buys a one-way train ticket to the Great Plains.

She’s following her dream to paint a portrait of the Native American chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes), at a time when the Sioux tribes are under pressure and invasion from the U.S. government to surrender their land and ways of life.

“She went to North Dakota in 1889, which is about 30 years before women had the right to vote, so women were seen as property,” Chastain told MarketWatch about her character, based on the real-life historical figure.

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