Movie Review : ' Reel Injun ' Essay

804 Words Jun 5th, 2015 4 Pages
South Dakota Indian Studies Online – INED 411/511
Write A Movie Review Assignment – 30 Points
Name: Reel Injun (2009) Reel Injun is a movie about the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood and how it has evolved over time. It includes a wide cast of Native American actors, writers, activists, and others. The main theme of the movie is how the United States of America has made Native Americans into “mythical beings” through many overt and subliminal tactics (Diamond, "Reel Injun"). This movie deals with the identity of being Native American and how Hollywood has been a double-edged sword in its portrayals of Natives. The movie starts off as showing how Native Americans were more the “background” of the movies throughout America’s history. It ends with showing the evolution of some parts of Hollywood and independent cinema that shifts that paradigm and allows the big screen to humanize Native Americans rather than caricature them (Diamond, "Reel Injun"). I liked the movie. Growing up in South Dakota and having some interaction with Native Americans, I never felt overtly like I was better than any other race of people, but I did not realize until middle school that there were more than two types of races. It had always been Whites and Natives Americans to me so as I grew up I gained more perspective. The movie was amazing because it showed how Native American activists have been reclaiming their rights in all parts of society. The incident at Wounded Knee in 1973 was very…

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