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The Exiles (1961)

Director: Kent MacKenzie
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Studio: Oscilloscope / Milestone Cinematheque
Genre: Drama, Independent, Politics and Social Issues, Coming of Age
Languages: English

The Exiles (1961)
Originally completed in 1961 but never released theatrically, THE EXILES is a rediscovered masterpiece that lay dormant in the archives for over 45 years. MILESTONE CINEMATHEQUE is pleased to announce the deluxe DVD release of this stunning film, gorgeously restored, and painstakingly re-mastered.

Presented by Sherman Alexie (acclaimed author/director) and Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep). THE EXILES chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. A formally wealthy neighborhood of decayed Victorian mansions and skid-row apartment buildings. Gritty, realistic and far ahead of its time made in a period when Hollywood films featured Native Americans as noble savages. Using a script created exclusively from recorded interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles transplants from Southwest reservations as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.

The Exiles (Bonus Disc) (1961)
Special Features:

  • Four short films directed by Kent Mackenzie including Bunker Hill 1956.
  • Clips from Thom Andersen's masterpiece Los Angeles Plays Itself.
  • Commentary track with best-selling author Sherman Alexie and critic Sean Axmaker
  • Last Day of Angels Flight, a short film by Robert Kirste.
  • Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Renewal, a short film by Greg Kimble.
  • WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show with Sherman Alexie and filmmaker Charles Burnett.

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The Exiles (1961)
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6.00 (6 votes)
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Crucial Point in American Native/White History by jmwagner66 January 20, 2012 - 2:24 PM PST
I was blown away by this film. I've taught about Eisenhower's relocation plan (shipping young adult Native Americans away from their homes, into cities to "assimilate" them into mainstream culture), and I know people who were relocated. This movie is the first look of the phenomenon I've seen that was created at the time it was happening. Most Americans have no idea this happened.

Kudos to Alexie and Burnett for getting this film, never theatrically released, out there.

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