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Native American Films

Falvey Library has recently required a collection of films about, starring, or directed by Native Americans, Aborigines, and other native groups.  Many of these films were featured on Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian, an installment of Independent Lens.  See the full list of films, or check out some highlights below:

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
Starring Natal Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, and Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq
The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior’s endurance and battle of its menace.*

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, and Kenneth Branagh
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.*

Smoke Signals
Directed by Chris Eyre
Starring Adam Beach, Evan Adams, and Irene Bedard
When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road.*

Flags of Our Fathers
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Adam Beach, and Joseph Cross
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII.*

The Last of the Mohicans
Directed by Michael Mann
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means
Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.*

*Movie information from IMDb.com.

Kristyna Carroll



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