In the summer of 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. “Awake” captures the story of the Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight against for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.
The film tells the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL resistance at Standing Rock, where tens of thousands of activists travelled from all over to stand in solidarity with the water protectors. They protested the construction of the 3.7 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is purposed to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land, under the Missouri River – the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.
The film is a collaboration 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.