We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

Directed by: Antonino D’Ambrosio


Total Runtime: 59 min

Country of Origin: United States

Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Austin Film Festival.

Noyo Theater
Saturday June - 4 - 4:00 PM

Festival Tent
Sunday June - 5 - 3:00 PM





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“The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making any moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.”

Johnny Cash

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

In 1964, Johnny Cash – who up to that point was known solely as a country singer – recorded Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album of folk songs about the treatment of Native Americans. The studios refused to support it, and radio stations openly admitted they were uninterested in playing anything from the album on air. Incensed, Cash took out a full-page ad calling them cowards. We’re Still Here follows modern-day musicians, including Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Kris Kristofferson, through the process of recording their own versions of powerful tracks like the classic song “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” as they shine a light on this forgotten musical masterpiece.

Following the Willits screening, join us at the Mendocino County Museum for a special reception with director Antonino D’Ambrosio.