"Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian" at the Snite

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Reel Injun, fim, Snite Museum

The 2009 film Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian, will be screened at the Snite Museum of Art at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. The film is free and open to the public. The film includes interviews with Graham Greene, Russell Means, Clint Eastwood and others.

An entertaining and provocative look at Hollywood’s depiction of Native Americans, award-winning “Reel Injun” journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Traveling through the heartland of the U.S., to the Black Hills and Monument Valley, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie “Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding—and misunderstanding—of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors, and activists, and clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, “Reel Injun” traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

This film is shown in conjunction with the exhibition Dreams Wiser than Waking: Recent Acquisitions of Native American Prints. Support for this film screening is provided by the Department of American Studies, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame.