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Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Western | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

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Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Himself
Chris Eyre ... Himself
Russell Means ... Himself
John Trudell ... Himself
Jesse Wente Jesse Wente ... Himself
Charlie Hill Charlie Hill ... Himself
Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
André Dudemaine André Dudemaine ... Himself
Tim Spotted Horse Tim Spotted Horse ... Himself
David Kiehn David Kiehn ... Himself
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Himself
Melinda Micco Melinda Micco ... Herself
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance ... Himself (archive footage)
David Tuefner David Tuefner ... Himself
Angela Aleiss Angela Aleiss ... Herself
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A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history. Written by N. Diamond

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood-Indianer See more »

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In a montage showing Caucasian actors portraying Native Americans, Daniel Day-Lewis is shown in "The Last of the Mohicans." Day-Lewis's character, Nathaniel Poe, a/k/a/ "Hawkeye," is actually a white man adopted into Native American culture. See more »

Quotes

Russell Means: When we watched the Indians getting slaughtered at the end of every movie... well, my brother would refuse to watch it. Every time that bugle went off and the charge started, my brother - he was a year and a half younger than me - he'd go like this...
[bending over, head between knees]
Russell Means: ...and he wouldn't look. He wouldn't watch. And we'd come out of those theaters after the, uh, cavalry had rescued the white people, and all of a sudden we'd hear, "There's those Indians," and we'd start fighting....
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Plenty of Natives, Not Enough Film
20 November 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films...

What we have is a film that features "white guys" playing Native Americans and the secret identity of Iron Eyes Cody. And for the ladies, we have Native women summed up as Pocahontas. And, of course, all Natives were from the Plains in the movies with feathers and tepees.

What I found disappointing about this film was its lack of references to other films. They did a good job of looking at how Natives really live and there is some humor (the translations) and historical notes of importance (the Marlon Brando incident)... but the clips of films are not a big part of this, and therefore we never fully look at the subject -- Natives in film.


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