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Red Fever – Hot Docs

Red Fever Hot Docs 2024
A documentary that will get you thinking about how much Indigenous culture has influenced Western society.

Red Fever – Hot Docs

Runtime: 01:44
Synopsis:
Red Fever is a witty and entertaining feature documentary about the profound — yet hidden — Indigenous influence on Western culture and identity. The film follows Cree co-director Neil Diamond as he asks, “Why do they love us so much?!” and sets out on a journey to find out why the world is so fascinated with the stereotypical imagery of Native people that is all over pop culture. Why have Indigenous cultures been revered, romanticized, and appropriated for so long, and to this day? Red Fever uncovers the surprising truths behind the imagery — so buried in history that even most Native people don’t know about them.

Table of Contents

Cree photographer and filmmaker Neil Diamond traces the Indigenous influence on Western culture and identity in . Neil Diamond is a Cree photographer and filmmaker, but he doesn't meet people's stereotypical expectations about Native people. Diamond explores the history of Indigenous culture has been appropriated into Western society, in areas such as fashion, sports, politics, and nature.

Red Fever Synopsis

Red Fever is a documentary co-directed by Neil Diamond (Reel Injun) and Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World). As a spiritual successor to 2009's Reel Injun, Neil Diamond leads the audience to explain how Western settlers have appropriated Indigenous culture. This includes fashion designers stealing native designs, Jim Thorpe developing modern American Football while at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy inventing modern democracy.

My Thoughts on Red Fever

One of the most interesting facts in Red Fever is how all the many Native-named sports teams were created in honour of Tim Thorpe and the Carlisle Football Team before their mascots and chants became insulting caricatures. Indeed, the point of Red Fever is how our stereotypical view of Indigenous people comes about from decades of cultural appropriation, with the most recognizable symbol – the headdress – being something only meant to be worn for ceremonial purposes. As such, Red Fever is a documentary that will get you thinking about how much Indigenous culture has influenced Western society.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.