WOODY STRODE/RIVER CROSSING
HD, 4:25, 2020, Ecuador
"I carried the whole black race across that river.” - Woody Strode
In John Ford's Sergeant Rutledge from 1960, shot at the beginning of the Vietnam War, Rutledge (played by Woody Strode) must make a choice between leaving the army and attaining his own freedom or staying in the army and risking being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. In the film, he chooses the latter. But what if Rutledge had chosen his freedom instead? What if he had refused to fight the White Man's war? What if he had refused to participate in the killing of Native Americans?