Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), will come to the Long Beach Public Library with the premiere of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Now in its sixth year, Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series that uses the power of film to inspire debate on important social issues and connect communities.
Community Cinema will bring a free preview of Reel Injun to the Long Beach Public Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6pm. In the film, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an insightful and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding– and misunderstanding– of Natives.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Craig Stone, professor of American Indian Studies and Art, California State University at Long Beach; Claudia Jurmain, director of Special Projects and Publications at Rancho Los Alamitos and co-author of O, My Ancestor: Recognition and Renewal for the Gabrielino-Tongva People of the Los Angeles Area; Cindi Moar Alvitre (Tongva) Ph.D. candidate, UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures; and Larry Smith (Lumbee Nation), co-host of KPFK Radio’s American-Indian Airwaves.