Canadian doc 'Reel Injun' to screen at MoMA
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Montreal filmmaker's look at how aboriginals are portrayed in movies is set to screen at New York's Museum of Modern Art next month.
"Reel Injun," from Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, will have a week-long run at the museum, from June 14 to 20.
In the film, Diamond conducts interviews with activists, film critics, comics, historians and actors — including Winnipeg's Adam Beach and Clint Eastwood — to outline the evolution of native images in movies.
Diamond, who grew up in Waskaganish, in northern Quebec, explores classic westerns including the 1924 silent feature "The Iron Horse" and 1941's "They Died With Their Boots On."
He also looks at children's animated pieces that perpetuate stereotypes, including the Disney film "Pocahontas" and Looney Tunes cartoons.
"Reel Injun" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.