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The Exiles explores how Native Americans in 1956 coped with the “relocation programs” implemented in the 1950s to assimilate Native peoples into American society. The film showcases the lives of Native American men and women transplanted to urban Los Angeles in the late ‘50s. Exiled from reservations in the Southwest, they reflect on life as it was, compared to the drinking and dancing that constitutes their city life. After spending much time with the actors, who play themselves, MacKenzie had them re-enact their various experiences to illustrate what living life for natives is all about. (35mm presentation)

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