Film: Smoke Signals (1998)

Film: Smoke Signals (1998)

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Native American directors are a rarity in Hollywood. After the early silent film pioneers James Young Deer and Edwin Carewe, the portrayal of Native Americans in cinema turned dark and stereotypical. These social trends started changing with motion pictures like the groundbreaking Smoke Signals, generally considered to be the first feature film written, directed and produced by Native Americans. Director Chris Eyre uses the relaxed road-movie concept to create a funny and unpretentious look at Native Americans in the nation’s cinema and culture. 

The mostly Native American cast features Adam Beach and Evan Adams as the two road warriors who find themselves on an adventure. Beneath the highly entertaining façade, the film acquainted non-Native American audiences with real insights into the indigenous Americans’ culture.

This film has been programmed to complement the performance of Some Call It Home

Director: Chris Eyre
Cast: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Tantoo Cardinal, Irene Bedard
Running time: 120 mins
Cert: PG-13 

Date: Monday 17 February
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6 /£4 for Concessions /free to UoP students via SPiA

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