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Documentary screening and discussion:
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

Presented by the Office of the Dean of Students and the American Indian Student Union, University of Virginia


Date:Thursday, February 10 , 2011
Location: Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room, University of Virginia
Time: 7:30 p.m.


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 screening will be followed by a discussion, lead by Karenne Wood of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.