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The Last Cowboy
Year:  2005
Running Time:  84 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Showtime:   Thursday, August 03, 2006 @ 06:00 PM
Director:  Jon Alpert

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

Every week in the United States, 250 farms and ranches go out of business. The Last Cowboy was filmed over the past 24 years in Porcupine, South Dakota. It follows Vern Sager, a real American cowboy, long the inspiration of songs and campfire legends. Vern faces an army of adversaries: cattle rustlers, international agribusiness, old age, the weather, and the wanderlust of his own family. The Sagers own a ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in the middle of the poorest county in America. The unemployment rate is 80%. In recent years, the "big city" of Gordon, Nebraska (population 2,175) has lured most of Porcupine’s youth away from ranchlife with the promise of jobs, minimarts, and paved streets. Twenty years ago, 90% of the Sager clan earned their living off the land. Only 5% farm or ranch today. The Last Cowboy documents the Sager family’s battle to maintain their dawn to dark, "Git Along Little Dogies", cowboy way of life. It captures the inner landscape of the last cowboy’s character, courage, strength and stubbornness, and the outer landscape of his South Dakota home. Since filming began, over 312,000 family farms have become insolvent. Will Vern’s be the next to bite the dust?

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