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Race & Hollywood: Native American Images On Film
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Native American Images On Film Introduction

Joining TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting the films will be Professor Hanay Geiogamah, director of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA. The films and introductions will explore a different topic each night, including the evolution of Native American depictions by director John Ford (May 4), non-Indians in Indian roles (May 6), Indians as enemies (May 11), white men living among Indians (May 13), Indians as "noble savages" (May 18), Native Americans facing racism (May 20), Native American actors and filmmakers (May 25) and images from outside Hollywood (May 27).

Among the notable works featured during the NATIVE AMERICAN IMAGES ON FILM collection are Best Picture Oscar® winners One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Dances with Wolves (1990); John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956); the acclaimed independent films Black Robe (1991) and Smoke Signals (1998); Michael Apted's Thunderheart (1992) and his thematically linked documentary Incident at Oglala (1992); and the groundbreaking silent documentary Nanook of the North (1922).

"We are very proud that each year we can use our huge film library to show how racial and cultural identities have been portrayed in films through the decades," says TCM host Robert Osborne. "Movies have always had such a tremendous impact – both positive and negative – on how different minority groups are viewed. Utilizing our expansive library, we have the opportunity to dig into such subjects more deeply than anyone else on television. This has made our RACE AND HOLLYWOOD festivals an important part of the ongoing dialogues within society. We look forward to continuing this important endeavor with the participation of Professor Hanay Geiogamah, someone who has helped shape the way Native Americans have been treated and portrayed on the screen, television and the stage."

In addition to his work as a professor and director of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, Geiogamah is a playwright, director and historian. He serves as artistic director for the American Indian Dance Theater and the Native American Theater Ensemble. He is also managing editor for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Geigamah's plays include Body Indian, Foghorn, 49, Coon Cons Coyote and Land Sale. Which have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Geigamah also worked as a producer on several original movies presented by TCM sister network TNT, including Geronimo (1993), Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (1995) and Crazy Horse (1996). He recently co-executive produced the feature film The Only Good Indian, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

Past editions of TCM's RACE AND HOLLYWOOD series explored how Hollywood has portrayed African-Americans (2006), Asians (2008) and Latinos (2009). In addition, TCM looked at Hollywood's depiction of gay images in film (2007).


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