About The Film

Writer producer Donick Cary (Letterman, Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, Have a Good Trip) has been a huge fan of the Washington D.C. pro football team since before he could walk. Passed down from his dad, he was excited to pass the tradition onto his son.

Donick never questioned whether the name, the Redsk**s, was good or bad until two years ago when his 9-year-old son, Otis, asked him if it was racist. Donick and Otis didn’t exactly have a rolodex of Native American friends to talk to about it. In The R-Word, we join them on a cross-country journey to find out—not just how Native Americans feel about the name of a pro football team— but what it means to be Native American in the USA today.

This timely feature-length documentary’s journey starts simply, but takes some unexpected turns and runs smack into our current moment of national racial reflection. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but never shying away from confronting the uncomfortable Donick and Otis dig into some big questions: Who is Native American today?  Can something be racist if it isn’t meant to be? How is racism passed on from generation to generation? How can there really be 570+ federally recognized sovereign nations within the United States that are barely talked about in the media? The answers may surprise you.