Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
Presented in conjunction with the Women's Resource Center
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (United States, 2006) In the eye opening documentary from Academy Award winning directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, Shut Up and Sing follows the Dixie Chicks, the most successful female band to date, at the height of their career as they begin their world tour, which coincided with the beginning the war between the U.S. and Iraq. During a concert abroad lead singer Natalie Maines uttered the now infamous words, “We’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas,” with rousing applause and support from the audience. As much support as the Dixie Chicks appeared to garner from that concert, they gained more enemies than they would have expected back home. What they would soon run into would be huge criticism from the press, a drop in album sales, CD burnings and even death threats. With a 91% approval rating from RottenTomatoes.com and numerous awards from countless film festivals, including the Aspen Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival; Shut Up and Sing truly gives an insider’s view of what it’s like to have freedom of speech and the ability to voice it in public.
Synopsis Author: Daniel Jose Sanchez