Film Fest - The Exiles

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The Exiles is an intriguing docudrama about an enclave of Native Americans living in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles in the late 1950s. The once stately neighborhood full of Victorian homes had gone downhill and was a gritty and vibrant stretch that sometimes served as the setting in some of the noirish murder and crime novels of Raymond Chandler. Filmed in a sort of cinema verite style, this film follows a group of Native Americans on a weekend night when they carouse in bars, listening to rock ’n' roll, drinking heavily, split between two worlds. When the bars close, they drive into the hills looking over the city and continue their carousing, but now drumming and dancing in more traditional styles. The remastered film of Kent MacKenzie is an interesting inclusion in the New Orleans Film Festival, which starts Friday night and runs through next Thursday. The Exiles screens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Canal Place Cinema. For a longer preview look here. The official Web site is here.

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