Originally completed in 1961 but never released theatrically, The Exiles is a rediscovered masterpiece that lay dormant in the archives for over 45 years. The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. A formally wealthy neighborhood of decayed Victorian mansions and skid-row apartment buildings. Gritty, realistic and far ahead of its time made in a period when Hollywood films featured Native Americans as noble savages. Using a script created exclusively from recorded 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.
A precious document of a vanished culture! --Richard Corlis, Time Magazine
CRITICS PICK. Enthralling and breathtakingly gorgeous, it s almost astonishing that this find languished in the archives for so long --Sara Cardace, New York Magazine
Enthralling and breathtakingly gorgeous! --New York Magazine