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Documentary on Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans Screens tonight at GVSU

November 10, 2010

Tonight (Wednesday, November 10th), as part of American Indian Heritage Month, there will be a screening of the documentary film Reel InJuns: On the Trail of Hollywood Indians.

Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world.

Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.

Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

The film will be show on the GVSU downtown campus and followed by a discussion. The film is free and open to the public.

Reel Injuns

6pm

Loosemore Auditorium – 122E DeVos

401 W. Fulton St.

Grand Rapids, MI

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