"For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all."

-John F. Kennedy in
the introduction to The American Heritage Book of Indians

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Forget Avatar: 10 Compelling Films of Real-Life Indigenous Struggles

One of the main reasons I started this blog almost six months ago was my experience with a little film by the name of AvatarIt proved so influential that my very first real blog post was all about Avatar:

Blue Monkey Indians!

Since then my experience with native cinema has expanded considerably.  There are tons of great films out there about real life indigenous struggles yet Avatar gets all the hype!  Not fair.  With that in mind I put together the following list:

Forget Avatar: 10 Compelling Films of Real-Life Indigenous Struggles

I chose films that both fit the theme and were high quality. I also picked more obscure but noteworthy films and tried to get a good geographic spread.

What do you think?  Do any of them not belong on the list?  Is the list missing any crucial films?

It is posted over at videohound's movieretriever.com

Special thanks to Mike T. for hosting the list! 

1 comment:

  1. Broken Rainbow, about the forced removal of Navajos from land the government wanted for mining is a great film.
    Also worth inclusion is Once Were Warriors, about the struggles of a Maori family (it's pretty brutal though--I don't think I could breathe for about 1/2 hour after it was over).