The Exiles (1961) and the Challenge of Poverty

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm

Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA), SCA 108
900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

A Screening and Conversation Featuring Producer Ron Austin and Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.


The Exiles, a feature-length documentary portrayal of Native Americans living near LA’s Skid Row provides a remarkable glimpse into the daily reality of their lives. Filmed in the late 1950s, The Exiles reflected the growing alienation of many young Americans at the time. From the perspective of more than half a century, The Exiles raises still-pertinent questions about the nature of contemporary urban poverty. The loss of community, of stable relationships now even more endemic than it was in the 1950s, these portrayals may help us redefine the poverty around us in broader and more meaningful terms than simple economic deprivation. Now deemed a “classic” by the Library of Congress, The Exiles is also celebrated as a notable cinematic achievement of the period and an early example of what came to be known as Cinéma Vérité.

World Premiere: Venice Film Festival 1961. Written, Directed, and Produced by Kent Mackenzie. Production by Ronald Austin, Sam Farnsworth, John Morrill, Erik Daarstad, Robert Kaufman, Beth Pattrick, Sven Walnum, and Paula Powers.

Co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club, USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, Outside the Box [Office], and Milestone Films

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Arts, Film Screening


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



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