Canadian Documentary About Indigenous Contribution to Music Wins Sundance Award

Canadian filmmakers Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana of Montreal are leaving the highly respected Sundance Film Festival with a pretty major award.

Their film, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, has been crowned the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.

The documentary showcases the role Native Americans played in popular music, and the historic influence of Indigenous musicians. Music icons like Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo lend their voice to the film’s plot.

While many Indigenous musicians have contributed great things in the music industry, they’ve often done so without disclosing their heritage.“Be proud you are Indian; but be careful who you tell,” says guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band, who is featured in the film.

Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, and Iggy Pop all cite the influence of indigenous artists.

Check out the trailer below:

Rumble will air on The Movie Network later this year.