153 Ratings

The Exiles

directed by Kent MacKenzie
United States, 1961
  • English
  • No subtitles


Chronicling one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles, the film follows a group of exiles—arrivals from the Southwest reservations—as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.

Our take

Our next pick from Milestone Films is a long lost (and now found) gem of American cinema, which played Venice before falling into cult obscurity. Taken from interviews with Native American transplants, it’s a slice of raw, jazzy realism, capturing a too-often-unseen experience with vitality. In HD.

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