Reel Injun

Neil DiamondCatherine Bainbridge & Jeremiah Hayes
2009 | 1 h 28 min
In this feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.” Diamond guides the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic landscapes and conducts candid interviews with celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson and Jim Jarmusch. The film is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories in their own way.

Awards and distinctions

  • Honourable Mention for the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
    Imagine Native Media Arts Festival, Toronto
  • Canada Award
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
  • Best Use of Footage in a Factual Program
    FOCAL International Awards, London
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Program
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
  • Best Visual Research
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
  • Peabody Award
    Peabody Award Competition, Athens