WHEN THEY AWAKE (P.J. Marcellino / Hermon Farahi / Documentary / Canada / 90min)
We are inspired by the prescient words of Métis leader Louis Riel, who bestowed this film with its title: 'My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back.'
Witness the awakening. It's nothing short of a renaissance.
Right now, following on the footsteps of trailblazers like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson, Indigenous musicians in Canada (and elsewhere) are carving paths into mainstream consciousness, and reclaiming their rightful place as key pieces of the social fabric that composes contemporary society.
Working in every genre, from Hip Hop to Rock to Electro Pop to EDM to Country and beyond, an empowered, outspoken, woke generation of musicians is fiercely channeling the darkness of the colonial past, and the resilience of their ancestors, into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future.
Featuring artists like Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Anishinaabe EDM outfit A Tribe Called Red, Cree electro-pop sensation IskWé, and just about every other act you can name, When They Awake is a kaleidoscope of voices and a remarkable snapshot of this burgeoning scene.
It is this generation of musicians, this moment in time, and this astonishing music, that we witness in When They Awake!
You won't see the revolution - you'll hear it.