"Kent Mackenzie's magnificent, long-undistributed, unclassifiable first feature, The Exiles, stands as a rare consideration of the inner and outer lives of American Indians in a big American city." —Boston Globe
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 these urban exiles—transplants from Southwest reservations. Co-presented by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, this program is one of the events commemorating the 40th Anniversary of ethnic studies centers at UCLA. (1961, 72 Min. Dir. Kent Mackenzie)
The Exiles has been preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with the USC Moving Image Archive, and in partnership with Milestone Films. Major funding for The Exiles' restoration was provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.