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.
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Awards and distinctions

  • Peabody Award
    Peabody Awards Competition, Athens
    2011
  • Best Use of Footage in a Factual Program
    FOCAL International Awards, London
    2011
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Program
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
    2010
  • Best Visual Research
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
    2010
  • Canada Award
    Gemini Awards, Toronto
    2010
  • Honourable Mention for the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
    Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto
    2009
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