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"A powerful picture of the people who have made Standing Rock, North Dakota, one of the most-watched places on earth." Hollywood Reporter


The Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial project that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually to Illinois. The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace. Since 2010 over 3,300 oil spills and leaks have been reported.


Moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline's demolishing of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a powerful visual poem in three parts that uncovers complex hidden truths with simplicity. The film is a collaboration between indigenous filmmakers: Director Myron Dewey and Executive Producer Doug Good Feather; and environmental Oscar-nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione.


The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. The film documents the story of Native-led defiance that has forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. It asks: "Are you ready to join the fight?"

  • Year
    2017
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Myron Dewey | Josh Fox | James Spione
  • Screenwriter
    Josh Fox | Floris Ptesan Hunka | Floris White Bull
  • Producer
    Kyle Cadotte | Josh Fox | Teena Pugliese | Deia Schlosberg
  • Cinematographer
    William Hawk
  • Editor
    Arielle Amsalem | William Hawk | Greg King | Teena Pugliese | Jason Wood
  • Composer
    Prolific the Rapper