The Exiles

The Exiles


The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on 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. With its vivid, high-contrast black and white photography and creative soundtrack, Kent Mackenzie's gritty depiction of this marginalized Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Sica.

Special Features

- Bunker Hill (1956, 17 mins)
- A Skill For Molina (1964, 15 mins)
- The Story Of A Rodeo Cowboy (1962, 25 mins)
- Ivan And His Father (1970, 13 mins)
- Commentary featuring Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker
- 2008 theatrical trailer
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Anderson, 2003, extracts)
- Opening night panel discussion at UCLA (audio)
- Last Day Of Angels Flight (Robert Kirste, 1969)
- Bunker Hill: A Tale Of Urban Removal (Greg Kimble, 2009)
- White Fawn’s Devotion (James Young Deer, 1910): thought to be the first film directed by a Native American
- Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie on the Leonard Lopate Show (audio)
- Sherman Alexie interviewed by Sean Axmaker (audio)
- Stills Gallery
- Kent Mackenzie scripts and film notes

Technical Specs

Director: Kent MacKenzie
Year: 1961
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 70 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: 12