Reel Injun (2009)
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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 usually played by white actors in make up.) However, as issues of Native American rights came to the forefront in the 1960s, more
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Reel Injun is not a peace pipe but a convincing case for a place at the table.
Setting off in his barely road-worthy "rez car," Mr. Diamond films a series of bittersweet, and sometimes bitingly funny, encounters.
Reel Injun will most likely give you a new perspective the next time you watch John Wayne battle Native Americans.
Both the talking-head interviews and montages trace distortions and puncture myths with professional rigor.
At its heart this is a well made, provocative made-for-television documentary, a mix of movie clips and talking head interviews.
Though stricter selectivity would not have harmed this documentary, its enthusiastic embrace is instructive and moving.
A fascinating, well-researched documentary that simultaneously informs and captivates the audience.
A powerful, mythbusting documentary which manages to humanize America's unfairly-marginalized indigenous peoples, albeit belatedly.
Exhaustively explores Hollywood's perpetuation of mythical misconceptions through footage from the nearly four hundred culturally distorted westerns, contrasted with corrective feature films made by aboriginal directors across North America.
There are gaps here and there, but it provides a fascinating introduction to a corner of film history that has gotten too little attention.
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