Reel Injun

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Released 2011

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Director:
Neil Diamond
Released:
2011
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Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Diamond looks at how the myth of 'the 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 and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

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  • 75

    New York Post V.A. Musetto

    Examines in entertaining detail the way Hollywood has treated North American natives going as far back as the days of silent flicks.

  • 70

    The New York Times Mike Hale

    Absorbing and amusing for as long as it looks back at those Hollywood westerns, recounting their sins against American Indians.

  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The tone of Reel Injun is respectfully serious, though well short of angry, while focusing on how the stereotypical depictions of marauding redskins affected the self-images of Nat...

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