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Reel Injun [DVD] [2009]

  • SKU: 19591779
  • Release Date: 11/08/2011
  • Rating: NR

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    Reel Injun
    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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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    • Russell Means
      Russell Means
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      John Trudell
    • Adam Beach
      Adam Beach
    • Clint Eastwood
      Clint Eastwood - Interviewee
    • Jim Jarmusch
      Jim Jarmusch - Interviewee

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      A Cinematic Wake-up Call

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      Hollywood “cowboys v. Indians” ain’t simple.  There have been many iterations of the cowboy/Indian “story” and we viewers are served with a great variety of treatments.  Enough to provide thought and re-thinking for most of us. —  A lot of the older footage in Reel Injun portrayed the cowboy/cavalry soldier as one who regarded the Indian more as a bestial savage or scum — not a threat or an enemy — ergo deserving of the gratuitous on-screen maltreatment.  Most Indians in the westerns I saw as a kid (I am a 1942 baby) simply scared me. —- Hollywood has developed many textures and treatments of not only the legendary west but the place of Indians in our very spotted (stained?) history.    —- Gotta see it! — it’s loaded with eye-opening clips.  It also sustains a “line” of varied and changing treatments of the First Nation “Humans.”  —- The energy put into research, leg-work, financing (movie rights?) is admirable.  The editing is raw and timing could be improved, yet the viewing experience is remarkable.  

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