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Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

by Neil Diamond

Kemosabe? Loincloths, fringed pants, and feather headdresses? Heap big stereotypes. Reel Injun is an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, John Trudell, and others provide insights into the often demeaning and occasionally hilariously absurd stereotypes perpetuated on the big screen through Hollywood's history.

Independent Lens

Summer Sun Winter Moon

by Hugo Perez

An unlikely collaboration between a Blackfeet poet and an unconventional classical composer results in a provocative symphony about the Lewis and Clark expedition from the perspective of American Indians today.

Sun Kissed

by Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

When a Navajo couple embarks on a journey to discover more about their children's rare genetic disorder, they uncover a controversial genetic trail and bravely tackle deep-rooted cultural taboos.


Two Spirits

by Lydia Nibley

Fred Martinez was a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have been revered. Instead, he was murdered.

Independent Lens

Up Heartbreak Hill

by Erica Scharf

Three Navajo high school seniors must decide whether to stay in their community — a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their being — or leave in pursuit of educational and economic opportunities.

Waila! Making the People Happy

by Daniel Golding

The history and evolution of Waila, the contemporary dance music of southern Arizona's tribal communities.

Warrior Women

by Christina D. King and Dr. Elizabeth A. Castle

Warrior Women is the untold story of American Indian Movement activists who fought for civil rights in the ‘70s, anchored by one of the Red Power Movement’s most outspoken Lakota leaders, Madonna Thunder Hawk, and her daughter Marcy Gilbert.

We Breathe Again

by Marsh Chamberlain, Evon Peter, Enei Begaye Peter, and Ryan Jacobi

Set in an Alaskan landscape as dramatic as its stories, We Breathe Again intimately explores the lives of five Alaska Native people, each confronting the impacts of historic and contemporary trauma.

Weaving Worlds

by Trickster Films

An intimate portrait of Navajo weavers that explores the complex relationship with reservation traders and a weaver's role within the global market economy.

Wind River

by Mat Hames

A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho, and they explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years.


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