Marc Halberstadt’s parents lost their property to the Nazis, but he’s living on land in Upstate New York taken away from the ancestors of Native Americans. An idea springs to his mind: “If the Germans owe me for 65 years worth of back rent—and I owe the Native Americans for 65 years worth of back rent—why don’t I let the Native Americans collect directly from the Germans? Cut out the middleman!” And so his wacky adventure to Germany with four Native Americans to execute “the assigned–claim collection strategy” begins. “Brilliant or the work of a man who had too much time on his hands, a quirky idea, and a few bucks to make it happen [?] Maybe all of the above.” (The Eastern Door) In English, German & Sioux with English subtitles.
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