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Reel Injun

Director Neil Diamond (Cree)
Year 2009
Run Time 86min
Genre Documentary
Reel Injun is an enlightening documentary about the way Indigenous people have been depicted in film from the silent era to the present day.

Director Neil Diamond takes the audience on a trip through time to explore the history of the “Hollywood Indian” and offers a refreshing, candid and personal analysis, tracing how these cinematic images have shaped and influenced the understanding of Indigenous culture and history.

“Impeccably well researched and crafted, Reel Injun neatly walks the line in balancing entertainment and education.” — Todd Brown, Twitch Film


Neil Diamond (Cree)

Cree filmmaker Diamond is known for several award winning documentaries that focus on Indigenous life and issues. His debut film, Cree Spoken Here, garnered the Telefilm/APTN award for Best Aboriginal Documentary. His most recent film was Inuit Cree Reconciliation with filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk and he is currently directing the documentary Red Fever.


Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond (Cree), Jeremiah Hayes


Jesse Wente


Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick, Christina Fon




Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, ESL, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)