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NBE 3U1 Discussion Questions As you watch the film, take thorough notes on the following questions. Be prepared to share your findings with the class. You may be required to submit your notes and/or polish your responses for evaluation. 1. What was the filmmaker hoping to prove when making this film? 2. Evaluate the effectiveness of titling this movie Reel Injun. 3. What topics does the filmmaker use to organize the documentary? (Hint: they will be directly labeled in the film) 4. Are there dangers that arise when using examples of stereotypes to try to point out the issues within a culture? Explain. 5. Describe a scene that disturbed you the most in the film. Why did it have such an impact on you? 6. Describe a positive scene in the film. How did it affect you? 7. What surprised you the most about this film? Record your revelations about what you now know about the Hollywood Film industry and the authentic “Indian” 8. Based on our discussions and handouts regarding documentaries, what ‘persuasive techniques’ were used in this film. Were they effective? Why or why not?
Film themes: Main Points AND Discussion Questions The film is chaptered by themes so you have the option of showing selected segments. Following are some main points and possible discussion questions. Native Representation Reel Injun – Chapter 1 Main points: Over 4,000 films shaped the image of the Native American in the last century, some offering stereotypical images, such as They Died with Their Boots On, others providing a more accurate focus, like Little Big Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Dances with Wolves, and some that are free of stereotypes, like Smoke Signals and Atanarjuat. When Native peoples watch Indians on television and cheer for the cowboys, there is a major problem of representation. Distorted images have caused a great deal of damage. Discussion questions: What are the consequences of distorted representations of Native people with regard to their identity, self-esteem and social and cultural development? One hundred years of cinema have shaped the folkloric images of Native Americans to the point that some people believe that Indians still live in teepees. But what is an “Injun” in 2011? Native Americans from Hollywood to Wounded Knee Birth of the Hollywood Injun – Chapter 2 Main points: Early movie images depicted the “Injun” as spiritual, noble and free. In the late 19th century,

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