Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Reel Injun’

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad hosted the screening of ‘Reel Injun’ on 27 November in the auditorium of ILO Building in Islamabad. In this feature-length documentary, Aboriginal Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American indigenous peoples in a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.”

Diamond leads the audience to a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic landscapes and conducts candid interviews with celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson and Jim Jarmusch. The film is an affectionate look at cinema through the eyes of the people who own way. Representatives of the diplomatic community, civil society activists and students attended the screening.

The film was followed by a thought provoking panel discussion on the portrayal of religious and ethnic minorities in the Pakistani television and cinema. James Clark from the Canadian High Commission moderated the discussion with playwright Irfan Ahmed Urfi and former TV host and Managing Director of Black Box Sounds Tauseeq Haider.