Director: Kent MacKenzie
Cast: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tommy Reynolds
US 1961 | Black & white | 130 mins (inc. extras) | Drama
Avaliable on: DVD
The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on 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. With its vivid, high-contrast black and white photography and creative soundtrack, Kent Mackenzie’s gritty depiction of this marginalized Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Sica.
(Available from February 2010)