Reel Injun

Directed by Neil Diamond

Release Year: 2009
Running Time: 88
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: Canada
Language: English [audio]
Closed Captioned: Yes
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Screening Info
Cast
Sacheen Littlefeather
Adam Beach
Clint Eastwood
Jim Jarmusch

Crew
Produced by Catherine Bainbridge
Directed by Neil Diamond

ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN

An entertaining and provocative look at Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans, REEL INJUN journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Traveling through the heartland of the U.S., to the Black Hills and Monument Valley, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives.

With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, it is a remarkable feat of historical research, documenting the shift from nuanced silent-era heroes to the Western's "noble savage" stereotype, leading up to the burgeoning Native independent scene of SMOKE SIGNALS and THE FAST RUNNER.

Containing candid interviews with celebrated directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means, REEL INJUN is an insightful and essential compendium for understanding the racial politics of Hollywood and the continuing artistic vibrancy of Native peoples.

Educational Reviews

"... a thought-provoking overview of a century’s worth of Native representations, from Thomas Edison’s silent shorts to Disney’s animated Pocahontas." *** Recommended Video Librarian