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Special Movie Presentation: Reel Injun (Rated PG) 1 hr 29 min
December 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Screening of “Reel Injun” (Rated PG), a documentary about the history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films. After the screening, attendees are encouraged to participate in a discussion (question prompts below).
Film Summary: Reel Injun takes viewers through a chronological treatment of First Nations peoples in film and television. This feature length documentary references several well known films and features interviews with Native filmmakers, critics, and community leaders including Chris Eyre, a prolific director and John Trudell, a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM). Through encounters with community leaders and critics, the film takes viewers on an imaginative journey through the shifting stereotypes of Native Americans in Hollywood.
Q: What do you know about American Indians or Native Americans? Do you identify as Native? Do you have friends or family members who are Native American? Have you ever heard of First Nations?
Q: How would you recognize someone who is Native American? Is there a particular look, sound, or style of dress? A particular neighborhood where you might find a strong Native community? Think about how
you would describe an Indian to the person next to you.
Q: Have you seen movies with characters who are Indians or Native Americans? What did you think about or remember about those movies? In what ways do you relate to those characters? In what ways do you find
it difficult to relate?