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 classic and recent 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 the present day.
Program Length: 86 minutes
Production Staff: Director: Neil Diamond, Features: Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada
Theatrical Release: September 2009
Tags: cinema studies, film history, hollywood
Product ID: REEL-09-H