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Film Screening: AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

"AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock," a documentary film about the Water Protectors’ 2016 protest of the oil pipeline through their Native American homelands, will be screened on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the OBTC Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, Newburgh. This program is free and open to the public.

The evening will begin with a Native American blessing by Sachem Robert Hawkstorm of the Schaghticoke Tribe, followed by a brief introduction of the film by director, James Spione.  After the film screening, a panel discussion will feature Spione, Hawkstorm, and activist Rachel Marco-Havens, with moderator William Makofske, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Ramapo College of NJ.

A unique collaborative documentary created in three chapters, each helmed by a different filmmaker, the feature length film is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker and activist Josh Fox (Gasland, How To Let Go Of The World And Learn To Love Everything Climate Can’t Change), Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Spione (Silenced, Incident in New Baghdad) and indigenous filmmaker and Digital Smoke Signals founder Myron Dewey along with Executive Producer Doug Good Feather.

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. The film captures the story of Native-led defiance vividly demonstrating the fight for clean water, the environment and the future of the planet.

AWAKE follows the dramatic rise of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This became one of the biggest stories of 2016. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), 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. The immersive documentary features emotional first-person accounts as well as gripping verité footage of militarized local police and private security teams confronting water protectors and journalists with rubber bullets, mace, tear gas, water hoses, and weaponized dogs. But the film also takes viewers behind the front lines to reveal the intimate day-to-day life of the camp community, as indigenous and non-indigenous protectors gather for peaceful prayer and song, and engage in daily tasks like clearing snow, raising tipis, distributing clothing donations, or building sleeping barracks for the many veterans who arrived to join the water protectors.

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-9386, or check out the SUNY Orange website at: www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St, Newburgh.

Event date, time and location.

Joanne Zipay
Cultural Affairs
10/30/2018