Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock, is all politics and no aesthetics. Or, at its best, its politics are muddled and its aesthetics are weak and unoriginal. Awake is a pastiche-style documentary seemingly designed to stir up outrage over the Standing Rock Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. For those unaware, the pipeline transfers oil … Continue reading Awake: All politics, no aesthetics.
There have been panel discussions organized around screenings of The Seventh Fire that wished to address the societal ills that plague the tiny indigenous community depicted in the film. However, any discussion about the film should center around the way the film uses its lyrical, pseudo-documentary style to establish its Native American subjects in the … Continue reading ‘The Seventh Fire’: Indians as Objects