Energy documentary series starts Sat.

  • A scene from “Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock” Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/23/2017 11:32:41 PM

WENDELL — A screening of a new documentary on the Standing Rock controversy will take place Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Wendell Town Hall as the first film in a series on energy issues.

The showing of “Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock” by Josh Fox, James Spione, and Myron Dewey will be preceded by a 6 p.m. potluck dinner and followed by a panel discussion.

The film follows the dramatic rise of the native-led peaceful resistance to the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, N.D., which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016.

Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with activists protesting the pipeline, which is intended to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.

Each of the three sections of the film tells the story of the Standing Rock protests in the unique perspective and style of the filmmaker who created it.

While President Trump has approved DAPL, the fight against the pipeline continues in the courts. Meanwhile, a number of other pipeline protest camps have sprung up around the country.

“The battle that began at Standing Rock is a battle for the soul of America itself, and it is far from over. This film is part of the rallying cry for indigenous sovereignty and clean water that has resonated across the globe. It has been a great honor and privilege to work with people from Standing Rock, like Floris White Bull and Doug Good Feather, who have guided this project every step of the way,” says Fox, the project creator.

The showing is co-sponsored by the Wendell Energy Committee and North Quabbin Energy.

Donations to support the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund, created by the filmmakers and Indigenous leaders, are welcome.

Saturday’s screening is the first of a three-part Water Protectors Film and Speaker Series, to be followed June 9 by a “sneak preview” benefit screening of “Power Struggle,” Wendell filmmaker Robbie Leppzer’s feature-length chronicle of the grass-roots battle to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and the June 12 40th anniversary screening of “Seabrook 1997,” Leppzer’s documentary on the birth of the anti-nuclear power movement.

Both the June 9 and June 12 showings at the town hall will feature discussions with Leppzer and national environmental author Harvey Wasserman.


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