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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 overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Self
Chris Eyre ... Self
Russell Means ... Self
John Trudell ... Self
Jesse Wente Jesse Wente ... Self
Charlie Hill Charlie Hill ... Self
Jim Jarmusch ... Self
André Dudemaine André Dudemaine ... Self
Tim Spotted Horse Tim Spotted Horse ... Self
David Kiehn David Kiehn ... Self
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Self
Melinda Micco Melinda Micco ... Self
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance ... Self (archive footage)
David Tuefner David Tuefner ... Self
Angela Aleiss Angela Aleiss ... Self
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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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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

Adam Beach: We'll never be able to change the fantasy of who and what Indians are. That fantasy will always be there. We'll be... we'll always be on covers of novels saying "Cheyenne Warrior."
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Connections

Features Into the West (2005) See more »

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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood et les Indiens See more »

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