Blue Bird

(Blauvogel)

GDR, 1979, 96 min, Color
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

In the middle of the 18th century, the Ruster family immigrates to the United States and lead a hard life as settlers. When nine year-old George is kidnapped by Iroquois, he is adopted by an Indian family in the place of their deceased son and receives the name "Blue Bird." Initially he is homesick and has trouble adjusting to the customs of the Indians. But gradually he begins to feel at home with them and advances to a full-fledged member of his new community.

 

His loyalties are put to the test when the white settlers attack and he finds that he identifies more with the Indians than with his former people. After the victory of the English over the French in 1763, all of the captured white settlers are to be exchanged for the captured Indians, forcing George/Blue Bird to decide where he really belongs.

 

Based on the book by Anne Jürgen.

Awards

1980

UNICEF Prize, Gijon International Festival of Children's and Youth Films

 

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