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SNAHC Film Screening Fundraiser: The Exiles
The Guild Theater
Sacramento, CA
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SNAHC Film Screening Fundraiser: The Exiles
Sacramento Native American Health Center(SNAHC) is proud to bring this just-restored and widely unseen film to Sacramento's historic Guild Theater. This is the first of three films that we will be featuring over the next year as we reach out to the Greater Sacramento community and share films that shed light on the historic antecedents of today's Native American culture, lifestyles and issues.

The screening will be followed with a discussion featuring Native Americans that participated in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Relocation Services Program.

SNAHC's mission is to carry out the legacy of a healthy Sacramento American Indian and Alaskan Native community, based on cultural values, delivered through traditional, transformational, innovative, accessible, and self-sufficient systems of health care.

The Exiles
Director: Kent Mackenzie
USA. 1961.
72. B&W.


Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, and Tommy Reynolds

Sherman Alexie and Charles Burnett present

A Milestone Film release

With music by The Revels

Critical Acclaim: Then

"The Exiles has been exhibited at several festivals, and took first prize at Mannheim. It has not yet been shown in
American theatres and there is some doubt that it will be, as it makes no concessions to the box- office. But, in the
future, those who are interested in the American motion picture, are likely to refer to 1961 not in terms of the big Hollywood productions, but as the year of The Exiles and Sunday."
(Pauline Kael)

"An arresting accomplishment."
(Time Magazine)

"Gripping, dramatic, tender and true, The Exiles is an outstanding motion picture. It is a scrupulously accurate and authentic portrayal of what happens to many American Indians when they come from the reservation to the big city."
(Will Rogers, Jr., National Congress of American Indians)

Critical Acclaim: Now

"The late writer-director and his three cinematographers Erik Daarstad, Robert Kaufman, and John Merril clearly loved the textural possibilities of the medium, and color, too, which might seem odd to say of a movie in black and white, yet Mackenzie responds to the dark hues present in daylight as well as to tints of light within darkness. He arranges them so expressively on-screen that after I walked out of the theatre, even so unprepossessing a corner as 12th Avenue and Pike Street seemed vibrant; in 72 minutes, Mackenzie altered how I perceive night. Through his images of oncoming headlights and stirred-up dust within a dark blanket of night sky, or a pan across a hilltop vista of city lights that distantly illumine the metropolis below, he made me more aware of what Im seeing, walking, living in. Turning the corner, a little wave hit me: the sadness that his brilliant career was so short."
(N. P. Thompson, Movies into Film)

"Mackenzie lived only long enough to make one other feature, but this films lower-case urban poetry suggests a major talent It can hold its own next to John Cassavetes' Shadows, which came out a year earlier.It has beautiful high-contrast black-and-white photography, a dense and highly creative sound track, and moving portraits, and it's refreshingly free of cliches and platitudes -- all the makings of an instant classic."
(Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader)

"These Indians are exiles  from their broken society, their reservations, and themselves  and we feel it looking into their expressive, sad faces and hearing their musings on their lives this film deserves the embrace of a film public hungering for original, homegrown independent films that tell us who we are.
(Marilyn Ferdinand, Bright Lights Film Journal)

**This event is presented by SNAHC with support from the 'One With All' Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Milestone Films and Douglas Miles at Apache Skateboards**


The Guild Theater
2828 35th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
United States



Minimum Age: 11
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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