Reel Injun

Reel Injun

DVD - 2010
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Travelling through the heartland of America, 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, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, Charlie Hill and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to the present day.


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May 11, 2019

sadden to hear how Native American actors are misinterpreted in Movies & how the Native American need to fix what the motion picture media has shaded the publics eyes from the real injun.

Must watch for cowboy, wagon trail, western fans.

Solid documentary on the portrayal of Native Americans by Hollywood. Interestingly Indians were depicted in a much more balanced way during the silent era. John Ford's STAGECOACH was the dividing line. Great stuff regarding Marlon Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards in 1973 and to read a speech in support of the American Indian Movement under FBI siege at Wounded Knee. A lot of excellent interview clips of the great John Trudell. Also, appropriate praise for THE FAST RUNNER as a singular achievement of Native American film.

Jul 29, 2017

Excellent documentary by First Nation (Cree – northern Canadian tribe) filmmaker Neil Diamond. He starts with the classic Cowboy and Indian films. He said as kids, he always wanted to play the Cowboy. Talks with film historians, as well as, Indian actors and activists about the portrayal of Indians in film. From the bloodthirsty warrior, to the noble savage, to the alcoholic loser. Diamond heads off in his “Rez car” (his term for a crappy car) and drives to Hollywood. He stops by the Crow Reservation (Montana) to discuss the role of Indians in films on horses (as a Cree in an Arctic setting – no one had a horse) but the Crow are avid horse riders/breeders. He speaks with Native filmmakers and Native actors. Looks at how Hollywood created Indians using white actors – Chuck Conners, Chuck Bronson, Burt Reynolds were all Hollywood Indians. Other actors such as Iron Eyes Cody who played Native Americans was actually Sicilian. He looks at early silent films up to contemporary award winning films like Dances with Wolves. Finally, covers contemporary films made by various indigenous filmmakers/directors/actors - The Whalerider, Once Were Warriors, Ten Canoes, The Fast Runner. I found it very interesting, educational and funny especially significant since it was made by a Indian filmmaker.


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Aboriginals_Autochtones Jul 03, 2012

Hollywood a représenté « l’Amérindien » dans pas moins de 4000 films depuis ses débuts. La plupart des personnages étant des portraits dénaturant la véritable richesse culturelle des premières nations. Hollywood et les Indiens pose un regard perspicace et plein d’esprit sur l’Indien d’Hollywood et explore la représentation des Autochtones d’Amérique du Nord à travers un siècle de cinéma. Des entrevues avec Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch et Russell Means, en plus d’innombrables extraits de films composent ce documentaire qui nous montre l’évolution de l’image des premières nations au cinéma, de l’époque des films muets jusqu’à nos jours.

2010, 88 min 21 s
- à partir du site web - Office national du film du Canada


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