Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond, Cree, will debut his latest work, “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” on PBS on Nov. 2. The work is a look at the portrayal of Indians in films from the silent era to present day.
According to Native News Today, Diamond tells of his exposure to certain portrayals in films and how he didn’t find himself identifying with Indians.
Throughout the film, Diamond meets with Clint Eastwood (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “A Fistful of Dollars,” “Unforgiven”) at his studios in Burbank, Calif., where the film legend discusses the evolution of the image of Indians in Westerns and what cowboy-and-Indian myths mean to America. “Reel Injun” also hears from legendary Native American activists John Trudell, Russell Means and Marlon Brando’s notorious Oscar-night proxy Sacheen Littlefeather.
“Reel Injun” also features Robbie Robertson, the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk musician and soundtrack composer (“Raging Bull,” “Casino,” “Gangs of New York”), Cherokee actor Wes Studi (“Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo”), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) and Chris Eyre (“Smoke Signals”) and acclaimed Native actors Graham Greene (“Dances with Wolves,” “Thunderheart”) and Adam Beach (“Smoke Signals,” Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers”). Diamond also traveled north to the remote Nunavut town of Igloolik (population – 1,500) to interview Zacharias Kunuk, director of the Camera d’Or-winning “The Fast Runner.”
Here’s another can’t-miss documentary “A Good Day To Die” on Native issues, more specifically the AIM movement. “Good Day” has already garnered several awards and co-director Lynn Salt e-mailed me last week that there’s more cause for the buzz:
We just won another “best documentary” award at the International Cherokee Film Festival in Tulsa, OK! – Lynn Salt
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