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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 »
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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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18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

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Quotes

Charlie Hill: We're creative natives. And we're... and we're like the Energizer Bunny. The mightiest nation in the world tried to exterminate us, anglicise us, Christianize us, Americanize us, but we just keep going and going. And I think that Energizer Bunny must be Indian. He's got that little water drum he plays. And I always say, "Next time you have a powwow, have the... the Energizer Bunny lead the grand entry, and after a few rounds then we can get together and EAT him", because we never waste anything.
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A cliché of a cliché with limited credibility
17 July 2011 | by NanoFrogSee all my reviews

I am an Ojibwe American Indian. In the first place, including Rusell Means in this film proves how absolutely uninformed the film maker really is. Means has been universally discredited as a gangster and killer by the broad American Indian community...there could be no more offensive presence in a film about American Indians. Otherwise the film is a terribly overworked cliché of itself and shows serious problems that are designed to fit the writer's agenda but does not tell an accurate story. There is so little good and correct information available on American Indians that many film-makers, including this one, just make things up. Modern people often feel so guilty and sympathetic, if they feel anything at all, about the American Indian, that a film like this will get good reviews just because it confirms the paranoid tendencies of the new world order. Had the improperly focused writer and film-maker chosen to tell a more positive and honest story, this film could have had some value. As it is, it tells a somewhat true story in such a paranoid and selective way that it, too, has become another part of the problem.


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