Minneapolis-based cinematographer Bo Hakala went to Cannonball, North Dakota, last month to capture “Voices of Standing Rock,” a moving glimpse into the world of indigenous resistance. The short film, above, profiles Native Americans in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in their protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Standing Rock protest became a flashpoint on social media late last month, but it’s been ongoing for months. Since April, the Standing Rock Sioux have resisted the venture by Texas-based company Energy Transfer with nonviolent action. Standing Rock established prayer camps housing tribe elders and families near the site of construction. The crude oil pipeline would carry 470,000 barrels a day through land that includes private Standing Rock property. The tribe argues the plan endangers indigenous communities and threatens the environment, particularly the Missouri River, a major water source for millions of Americans. Energy Transfer insists it will go ahead with its plans.
Hackle’s film showcases the beautiful bodies of water, landscapes, indigenous faces, and community built around a movement that’s desperately fighting to preserve the local resources. With the recent police abuses and arrests at the site, awareness and support of the protests are more important than ever.