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13 July 1961 (USA) See more »
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Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A 1961 documentary chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in LA. See more (9 total) »

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Directed by
Kent MacKenzie 
 
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Kent MacKenzie (writer)

Produced by
Kent MacKenzie .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Erik Daarstad 
Robert Kaufman 
John Arthur Morrill 
 
Film Editing by
Warner Brown 
Sven Walnum (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sven Walnum .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
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Mindaugus Bagdon .... additional crew
Stan Follis .... additional crew
Ron Honthaner .... additional crew
David MacDougall .... additional crew
Ken Nelson .... additional crew
Marvin Walowitz .... additional crew
 

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A 1961 documentary chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in LA., 28 February 2008
Author: Avery Hudson from New York, NY

The Exiles by Kent Mackenzie, USA (Documentary). A 1961 documentary chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in LA.

A unique and powerful film, blending storytelling with documentation. Mackenzie constructed a narrative about one day in the life of three main characters - a pregnant young woman (Yvonne), the father (Homer), and a man about town (Tommy). Both men are profound alcoholics, and the woman seems stunned by the circumstances of her life though hopeful for the future of her child.

The film opens with portraits from Edward Sheriff Curtis's monumental North American Indian, which I recommend as a starting place. Mackenzie has a sharp eye for cultural details - check out the Grand Hotel mattress in Yvonne and Homer's apartment, as well as the magazines, comics, advertisements, toys, and street scenes.

The story develops via voiceovers by Yvonne, Homer, and Tommy - and an amazing middle sequence from the rez, with generous doses of native language and music.

This is a must-see movie for anyone interested in social work, indigenous peoples, or the dark side of American culture. Never boring for any viewer.

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