February 15, 2009

Review of The Exiles

I wrote this review back in October, but Indian Country Today didn't publish it until the end of January. Check it out to see if I'm qualified to write reviews for a professional publication.

‘The Exiles’:  an appreciationBy now you may have heard the hype surrounding the film “The Exiles.” How Kent Mackenzie made the 1961 docudrama about displaced Indians before dying prematurely. How the black-and-white film was forgotten, found and restored by UCLA’s Film and Television Archive. How writer Sherman Alexie has championed it as a realistic portrayal of urban Indians.

For once a movie lives up to the hype. “The Exiles” is arguably one of the greatest films ever by or about Native people.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.

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