Environmental Humanities Film Screening & Discussion of “AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock” is on March 28, 2019, Time 7 p.m. | Room 208, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana). Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab-oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.
A discussion with Director Myron Dewey will follow the screening. Myron Dewey (Paiute/Shoshone) is a filmmaker, journalist, digital storyteller, and the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that aims to give a platform to indigenous voices in media. His drone footage of the Standing Rock movement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) marks him as one of the most important journalistic voices working on environmental and indigenous issues today. Through both Digital Smoke Signals and his own media work, Dewey seeks to bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and to indigenize media with core indigenous cultural values. He is currently the Spring 2019 Lehman Brady Professor in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Thanks to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for this information item.