In ways never before seen in America, indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline brought the crises of indigenous rights and environmental justice to international attention. Mni Wiconi, which means “water is life” in the Lakota language, became rallying cries for millions of people across social media, in the United States, and around the world.
To many of us, this story was told in flashes — Water Protectors hit with tear gas in the night from militarized police forces and private security, dogs sicced on Native peoples gathered in peace and prayer at the Oceti Sakowin camp. Military veterans from across the country gathering to help protesters triumph over the greed of oil companies.
The revolutionary story of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and their resistance needed to be told, uninterrupted and in full. Indigenous filmmakers, director Myron Dewey, executive producer Doug Good Feather, and Oscar-nominated environmental filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione captured the story of Native-led defiance in their film “AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock.” Our Revolution is proud to be a producer of the documentary and share it with you.
The film will stream worldwide for a limited time on a donate-what-you-can basis, with 100% of the proceeds going to an Indigenous Media Fund and a Pipeline Fighters Fund supervised by the film’s creators and a council of indigenous leaders to support direct actions, indigenous filmmakers, and journalists.
We believe that if we can all share the moment when this powerful film premieres, our movement will be brought even closer together in the fight against oppression in all its forms.
Water Protectors have not rested in their struggle against the greed of the fossil fuel industry, and that struggle has revealed still more issues that must be addressed. Clean water, environmental racism, police militarization, and our government’s relationship with Native people all came to a head at Standing Rock.
Beginning on Earth Day, this revolutionary story can be streamed anywhere.
When we lift up our voices, we have the power to change the world.