Reel Injun

Item No: 446

$ 45.00

  • An entertaining and provocative look at Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans, Reel Injun journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie ''Injun'' has influenced the world's understanding, and misunderstanding, of Natives. A remarkable feat of historical research, the film contains clips from hundreds of classic and recent film and candid interviews with celebrated directors, writers, actors and activists. Reel Injun is an insightful compendium for understanding the racial politics of Hollywood and the continuing artistic vibrancy of Native peoples.

    • Format: DVD
    • Studio: Lorber Films
    • Release Date: 2009
    • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • One of Canada's foremost Aboriginal filmmakers and photographers, Neil Diamond hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish. His recent credits include The Last Explorer, a feature-length docudrama retracing the steps of his great uncle, Aboriginal guide George Elson, on an ill-fated voyage into the heart of uncharted Labrador.
  • 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. Reel Injun documents the shift from nuanced silent-era heroes to the Western's ''Noble savage'' stereotype, leading up to the bourgeoning Native independent scene of Smoke Signals and The Fast Runner. The film is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way. Diamond meets with Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; 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.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts we are proud to offer rare and hard-to-find documentaries and movies that celebrates Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of films has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we are proud to bring you books, music and films that celebrate and illuminate Native American artists and the original authentic art forms that are distinctive to Native Americans of the Southwest. These works are written, produced, directed or recorded by Native American authors, filmmakers and musicians or were created in consultation with Native American experts. In our unique collection of media, we bring you the finest scholarly books recognized for their nuanced exploration of Native American culture; music that comes out of Native traditions of prayer, song and dance; and films that use the voices of Native American people to examine their stories, art and history.
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