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Reel Injun: Evolution of Cinema’s Depiction of Native People

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. Please help us get the word out on this great documentary about how Native Americans have historically been portrayed in film!
REEL INJUN will play at the Hollywood on November 19-21 and 26-28. Visit our website at
www.filmaction.org or call 503-281-4215 for showtimes,

raveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at
how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and
misunderstanding - of Natives. Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics and historians.

Diamond meets with Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Dollars, Unforgiven) at his studios in Burbank, California, where the film legend discusses the evolution of the image of Indians in Westerns and what cowboy-and-Indian myths mean to America. Reel Injun also hears from legendary Native American activists John Trudell, Russell Means and Sacheen Littlefeather.


Celebrities featured in Reel Injun include Robbie Robertson, the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk musician and soundtrack composer (Raging Bull, Casino), Cherokee actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man) and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) and acclaimed
Native actors Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart) and Adam Beach (Smoke Signals, Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers). Diamond also travels North to the remote Nunavut town of Igloolik (population: 1500) to interview Zacharias Kunuk, director of the Caméra d'Or-winning
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.

Reel Injun's humour and star power is balanced with insightful commentary from film critics and historians, including CBC film critic Jesse Wente, author and scholar of American Indian
Studies Angela Aleiss, and associate professor of ethnic studies at Mills College, California, Melinda Micco.

In Reel Injun, Diamond takes the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema's most iconic landscapes, including Monument Valley, the setting for Hollywood's greatest Westerns, and the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Crazy Horse and countless movie legends. Was Crazy Horse the inspiration for the mystical warrior stereotype? In search of answers, we meet his descendants on the desperately poor Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.

REEL INJUN will play at the Hollywood on November 19-21 and 26-28. Visit our website at
www.filmaction.org or call 503-281-4215 for showtimes.

The Hollywood Theatre is located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.

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