Reel Injun

Rezolution Pictures International, Inc   |   Canada

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.Travelling through the heartland of America, Diamond looks at how the myth of "the Injun” has influenced the world's understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.With clips from hundreds of films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today. Directed by Quebec/Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, this Rezolution/NFB co-production plays an historic role in presenting, for the first time, the true face of Canadian Aboriginal and Native American peoples in the movies. Taking audiences behind the stereotypes of the Hollywood "Injun" and the images they have created of aboriginal people in Canada and around the world. It does so in an entertaining and highly accessible way, presenting Natives in cinema in their own words, while hearing from leading Aboriginal historians and activists, and with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies.