WHEN THEY AWAKE

3.30 pm Saturday june 3, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

WHEN THEY AWAKE

Directors PJ Marcellino, Hermon Farahi Producers PJ Marcellino, Susan Aglukark, Gordon Henderson, Tiska Widermann 2017 91 min Canada

"My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back", said Louis Riel, about 100 years ago. The moment is now. Witness the awakening - it's nothing short of a revolution!

Following on the footsteps of trailblazers like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson, Indigenous musicians across North America are carving paths into mainstream consciousness, and with it reclaiming their rightful place as fundamental pieces of the contemporary social fabric.

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 strength and resilience of their ancestors, into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future.

Featuring artists like Inuk punk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Anishinaabe EDM outfit A Tribe Called Red, Cree electro-pop sensation IskWé, and Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday, among others, AWAKE! is a remarkable snapshot of a burgeoning music scene through a kaleidoscope of over 40 powerful Indigenous voices.