This award-winning documentary traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people through a century of motion pictures, 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. The film takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives with straightforward interviews from legendary Native American activists John Trudell, Russell Means and Sacheen Littlefeather, as well as Robbie Robertson, the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk musician and soundtrack composer (“Raging Bull,” “Casino,” “Gangs of New York”). Others include Cherokee actor Wes Studi (“Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo”), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) and Chris Eyre (“Smoke Signals”); acclaimed Native actors Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves,” “Thunderheart”) and Adam Beach (“Smoke Signals,” “Flags of Our Fathers”).
Director Neil Diamond, one of Canada’s foremost Aboriginal filmmakers and photographers, 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.
The film is the recipient of a Peabody Award, three Gemini awards, and Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production at the FOCAL International Awards. The Screen Actors Guild of America sent copies of “Reel Injun” to numerous casting associations across the United States to use as a reference when casting Native characters in films. Consequently, “Reel Injun” has had a significant impact in helping eliminate Native stereotypes in movies produced by the Hollywood film industry. Rezolution Pictures International projects have attracted over $25 million to develop and produce award-winning projects and has stimulated the economy in Native communities by helping create jobs and training in the film industry, injecting over $1 million in cultural development and production infrastructure.
Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Not rated. Content Advisory: Includes brief nudity.
Included with museum admission; free to museum members.