The Honour of All

Institute History

  • 1999 Sundance Film Festival


The Honour of All is one of the early dramatic works produced, written, and directed by Native people. It has played an important role in the Native community across the United States and Canada in the sobriety movement, as a testament of the struggle of one community, the Alkali Lake Band of Canada, with alcoholism, family tragedy, and healing. Veteran filmmaker Phil Lucas carefully supported this community in writing and acting in their own story. The depth in the performances of these nonactors is deeply moving.

Phil Lucas, Director
Phil Lucas, a Choctaw, graduated from Western Washington State in 1970 with a degree in visual communication. Over the past twenty years, he has made more than seventy-five documentary films and videos, including the award-nominated PBS series Images of Indians, Walking with Grandfather, and the Emmy-winning American Indian Dance Theatre: Dances for the New Generations. He also directed two hours of the Emmy-winning Native American series for TBS, and coproduced The Broken Chain, a feature film for Turner Network Television.

— Heather Rae

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