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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 »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood-Indianer See more »

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Goofs

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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Truly WATCHABLE and educational film.
2 October 2011 | by jltaylor175See all my reviews

I learned a TON from this film. I started watching it thinking I had a good handle on just how terrible Hollywood has been to the cause of First Nations education, but I was wrong. From the revelation of a SURPRISING number of Hollywood actors who are still alive and have played First Nations peoples in their careers to the surprisingly obvious (how did I not realize this?!) fact that nearly all portrayals of First Nations Peoples on film are of the Plains People - feathered war bonnets and all!

There is truly so much that is positive that I could say about this film, but the most important of which is the fact that it has been funded, produced and released to the wider public at TIFF and various other means (I myself watched it on television, yaay!) and it is largely the work of First Nations artists and community. I hope that funding continues so that further quality works like this can be released!

Truly a revelation!


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