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‘Reel Injun’ film explores Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans

10/29/2012 —

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the film, “Reel Injun,” 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The film is presented as part of the campus 2012-2013 Global Film Series.

Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding, and misunderstanding, of Native Americans. Candid interviews with directors, writers, actors, and activists trace the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native Americans from the silent film era to today.

During the last century, Hollywood has made more than 4,000 films about Native Americans and many of these films have influenced the way the world views them. "Reel Injun" takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American natives through the history of cinema.

To learn more about the film, visit http://www.reelinjunthemovie.com/site. For information about the Global Film Series, contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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