The Exiles: Urban Dis/location
Margherita Ghetti holds a PhD in Italian studies from UC Berkeley. She is a film curatorial intern at BAMPFA and works as a programmer for several Bay Area film festivals.
Sarah Whitt (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where she researches intersecting histories of American Indian medical incarceration and boarding school experiences in the early twentieth century.
Hertha D. Sweet Wong, professor of English and associate dean of arts and humanities at UC Berkeley, teaches and writes about indigenous literatures. Her books include Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography.
Set in the shadows of a 1950s Los Angeles that has all but disappeared, Kent MacKenzie’s hybrid feature The Exiles follows a group of American Indian friends over the course of a typical Friday night. Featuring themes of urban decay and intimate betrayals, the film is a gritty portrayal of the consequences of the federal Indian policy of urban relocation and one community’s determination to survive. Why Did Gloria Die? provides a damning look at the ongoing human cost of racial prejudice and social neglect in 1970s Minneapolis through a heartrending journalistic investigation into an Ojibwe woman’s struggles. Finally, Charlie Hill (as Harold Sinseer) animates the screen with characteristic wit in Harold of Orange, leading the Warriors of Orange on a sojourn from the reservation to the boardroom as they pitch “pinch beans” as the next revolutionary elixir. With an original screenplay by Gerald Vizenor, the film is a wry critique of stereotypes about contemporary Native Americans.
Films in this Screening
Kent MacKenzie, United States, 1961
Why Did Gloria Die?
Bill Moyers Journal, United States, 1973
Harold of Orange
Richard Weise, United States, 1984