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Reel Injun

Neil Diamond / Canada / 2009 / 86 ' / English / S.T. French

Credits

Catherine Bainbridge & Jeremiah Hayes
Édith Labbé
Ravida Din, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Catherine Olsen, Adam Symansky & Ernest Webb

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Awards & Festivals

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
Opening Film: Imaginative Festival, 2009

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A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today.

Synopsis

Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world.

Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.

Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

 

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