Reel Injun

Reel Injun

Director: Neil Diamond, Jeremy Simmons

Cast: Neil Diamond, Jeremy Simmons, Charlie Hill, Russell Means

     
 

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Native American and Aboriginal peoples have long played a part in Hollywood filmmaking, but the picture presented of them was not always flattering or accurate. Most westerns of Hollywood's Golden Age presented "Indians" as either ruthless savages with no sense of honor or fools who were lost without the help of the white man. (Adding insult to injury, they were

Overview

Native American and Aboriginal peoples have long played a part in Hollywood filmmaking, but the picture presented of them was not always flattering or accurate. Most westerns of Hollywood's Golden Age presented "Indians" as either ruthless savages with no sense of honor or fools who were lost without the help of the white man. (Adding insult to injury, they were usually played by white actors in make up.) However, as issues of Native American rights came to the forefront in the 1960s, more filmmakers stepped forward to offer a more positive and thoughtful portrayal of Aboriginal characters on screen, and Native American performers were given a greater opportunity to present the story of their people in television and the movies. Director Neil Diamond (a member of Canada's Cree community) offers a look at the past, present and future of Native People on the big screen in the documentary Reel Injun, which includes interviews with actors Adam Beach, Graham Greene and Sacheen Littlefeather, filmmakers Chris Eyre and Zacharias Kunuk, and artists and activists John Trudell and Russell Means; Clint Eastwood and Jim Jarmusch also speak about Hollywood's history and their own experiences in presenting Native Americans in their films. Produced in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, Real Injun was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
UPC:
0705105266916
Original Release:
2009
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
22,323

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Hill Participant
Russell Means Participant
John Trudell Participant
Adam Beach Participant
Sacheen Little Feather Participant
Clint Eastwood Interviewee
Jim Jarmusch Interviewee
Graham Greene Interviewee

Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Director,Screenwriter
Jeremy Simmons Director
Adam Symansky Producer
Catherine Bainbridge Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Claude Castonguay Score Composer
Ravida Din Executive Producer
Christina Fon Executive Producer
Jerimiah Hayes Editor,Screenwriter
Edith Labbe Cinematographer
Mona Laviolette Score Composer
Linda Ludwick Executive Producer
Catherine Olsen Executive Producer
Lynne Trépanier Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Webb Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reel Injun
1. Cowboys and Indians [10:43]
2. Hollywood Injun [8:04]
3. Noble Injun [7:06]
4. Savage Injun [4:51]
5. The Cowboy [7:25]
6. A Good Injun [6:39]
7. Iron Eyes Cody [4:23]
8. Groovy Injun [6:10]
9. Wounded Knee [8:16]
10. Humor [9:21]
11. The Renaissance [4:05]
12. The Fast Runner [11:15]

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