Reel Injun

Reel Injun

On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

DVD - 2010
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Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Native people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the Hollywood Indian with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.


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This a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes traces the portrayal of Native Americans on film, from early anthropological efforts to classic Westerns to Dances with Wolves to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

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Feb 15, 2018

great doc - movie history from fake injuns to Fast Runner

Sep 13, 2016

Surprisingly good. This isn't the usual guilt-trip about how Indians are sacred & magic & blah blah. This is more real-life & honest.

karenkoyich Feb 13, 2012

An excellent study of how media creates culture prejudices. Ending on a very positive note, this documentary highlights other films that I look forward to seeing: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Smoke Signals, and Fast Runner. I am excited for the future of the film industry as we will see more than a Hollywood or Disney perspective. We will see cultures rediscovering themselves. And those are the kind of films that people will pay to see.

Jun 21, 2011

Ah the problems and ups to Hollywood cinema.

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Jul 15, 2011

KELINALAHMI thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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