The movie, “smoke signals” is an oral traditional movie that was directed and co-produced by Native Americans. It is a story that centres on the actor Victor Joseph (Adam Beach) and Thomas (Evans Adams). This movie gives a clear image of the American native culture through its talented actors and actresses (Gillan 10). It brings out the exact effects of true friendship and the consequence behind betrayal as victor father turned to a staunch alcoholic. It strongly brings about the picture of unfortunate events that surround the daily lives of individuals and their families in the native life of American families.
Thomas finds life to be more than just frustrating as he is caught up in a fire that would have consumed him were it not for victor, his God sent hero. Although he manages to be sneaked out alive, Thomas unfortunately loses his parents in the fire. It is through this misfortune that he meets his life’s best friend that he has to tolerate no matter how nagging he gets by repeatedly watching the same movie over and over again.
The director of the movie greatly makes good use of the music set up by ensuring extremely funny effects on places of importance which leaves its audiences ribs cracking. On the other hand, Thomas extremely tenses out with cries and yelling as the fire spreads throughout the house (An 12). He busts out with sorrow as he gets the knowledge of his parents misfortune that gives the audience a shock and makes them feel as if they are the ones experiencing the loss.
Victor shocked of Victors awareness asks, “How'd you hear about it?”
Thomas replies, “I heard it on the wind. I heard it from the birds. I felt it in the sunlight. And your mom was just in here crying.”
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