Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reel Injun History of Indians in Film

Not actually intending a First Nations theme on this blog these days, but I was at the Air Canada film festival today -- that is, I was on an AC flight, marvelling at the wealth of film that those little seatback screens make available. All the Hollywood stuff that's in theatres, sure, but lately I've watched a number of Canadian films I'd not otherwise have heard of.

Today's was Reel Injun, a doc by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, with NFB support, about the way aboriginal people have been portrayed in film over a century and more. Funny, fascinating, powerful, personal, and kinda optimistic at the end. A Navajo filmmaker calls Atanaarjuak, The Fast Runner "the most Indian film ever made."
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