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“No one has ever looked at us as human in Hollywood. We’re savages, or mystic warriors, we’re never portrayed as human,” Spencer said.

Alex Smith said the under-representation of Native Americans in the film industry was part of the reason he was eager to tell Welch’s story and to shoot in Montana where the book is set.

“There aren’t many films about Native American life, but it’s an extremely rich part of American culture,” Alex said. “It’s a true life that a lot of people in America live and that a lot of people in America don’t know about.”

The Los Angeles Film Festival will screen "Winter in the Blood" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Wednesday and 1:10 p.m. June 22.

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