Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone is encouraging Indigenous viewers to watch the Martin Scorsese film “when and only if you feel ready.”
The film looks at 1920s Oklahoma and the murder of dozens of the Osage people in an attempt to steal their wealth derived from oil and gas on their land. Gladstone portrays Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman who was married to white settler Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio).
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In a multiple entry thread posted to X, Gladstone warned of the film’s impact, particularly for younger viewers and women. “See it when and only if you feel ready and see it with people you feel safe with,” she wrote. “You’ll likely have a lot of generational grief to process. You’re not alone.”
She also shared a thread of resources for those needing crisis support.
“I’m so proud of the film we made with so many Osage Nation leaders, artists, educators & community advocates,” she wrote. “Never forget this story is recent history with a lasting impact on breathing, feeling people today. It belongs to them, & we all have so much to learn from it.”
“In this process of learning about the horrific Reign of Terror, remember that the Osage remain,” she continued. “Native People remain. And this story is a lot to take in. Be kind, and please be gentle with each other. There is much to process, and much to heal.”
The most pressing thing I’ve wanted to say about Killers of the Flower Moon, especially to Native Women & Youth: See it when and only if you feel ready, and see it with people you feel safe with. You’ll likely have a lot of generational grief to process. You’re not alone.
— Lily Gladstone (@lily_gladstone) November 10, 2023
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