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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.

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Short Stack: Lost & Found

by Christopher Newberry, Shira Avni, Keith Bearden, Dong Hyeuk Hwang, and Angelique Midhunter

In friendship, one size fits all. Five short films explore the whimsical, comforting, and transformative powers of the bonds of friendship, from a fairground odyssey and a comic book obsession to identity, loneliness, and loss.

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Trudell

by Heather Rae

Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this biography reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Native American activist and poet John Trudell’s work and its relationship to contemporary Indian history.

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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.

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Water Flowing Together

by Gwendolen Cates

In 2005, the remarkable dancer Jock Soto retired from the New York City Ballet at age 40, after a 24-year career. His journey as an openly gay man of Navajo and Puerto Rican descent provides a rare glimpse into the life of a dancer and the disparate influences that shaped him.

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We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân

by Anne Makepeace

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years.

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Young Lakota

By Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt

When South Dakota abortion politics bring political turmoil to the doorstep on the Pine Ridge Reservation, three young idealists and the tribe's first female president have to decide how far they will go to change politics as usual in their own community.

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