2017 / 89 minutes

Directed by
Josh Fox James Spione Myron Dewey
Country of production
United States

The native-led resistance to the construction of a pipeline across the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, captured the world’s attention. Awake tells the story of the defiant Water Protectors, moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the demolition of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status. Awake is a landmark collaboration between Oscar-nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione and indigenous filmmakers – director Myron Dewey, producer Doug Good Feather, and writer Floris White Bull, who also narrates the film. A powerful visual poem that goes beyond the headlines into the heart of this game-changing protest, in the words of those who led it.

Unfortunately, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather will no longer be able to attend this screening as previously announced.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright
Language and subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota/South Dakota, Missouri River

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