When the Fire Dims

Director: Dan Golding

Institute History

  • 1998 Sundance Film Festival


In When the Fire Dims, Jimmy, a Pomo Indian, has left the reservation for promises of a better life in the city. Instead he encounters a reality faced by many American Indians who participated in the U.S. relocation programs of the 1960s. When the Fire Dims offers a solemn visual exploration of the complex relationship that colonization, cultural alienation, and alcoholism play in one man’s life.

— Heather Rae

Screening Details


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