Black Snake Killaz

2017 ,    »  -   5 Comments
Ratings: 6.94/10 from 18 users.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is designed to run from North Dakota to Illinois, a 1,200-mile stretch of oil transport that could potentially impact many millions of lives. An impassioned protest movement began to grow once the construction of the pipeline was announced in early 2016. Leading the charge was the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, an indigenous tribe located in North and South Dakota. The feature-length documentary Black Snake Killaz follows the tribe and the tens of thousands they inspired to join them as they fight to protect their basic human rights against the cancer of unregulated corporate greed.

"Our children deserve to have clean water," one protestor insists. The resistance understands that such a pipeline will tread upon sacred ground, and make vulnerable the precious natural resources that have been lovingly preserved for further generations.

The filmmakers stand right beside these protestors on the front lines of a standoff that captures the world's attention. Between April of 2016 and March of the following year, the water protectors work to block the path of construction vehicles, render digging equipment inoperable, and expose the tyranny of institutions that suppress the voice of the people. In a show of national solidarity, activists from other states including Rhode Island and New York join together to protest the banks that finance the pipeline operation.

During this tumultuous period, members of law enforcement are encouraged to regard the protestors as criminal combatants. The Governor of North Dakota withdraws supplies from the growing masses who have gathered to join the protest from all across the country, and orders a mandatory evacuation of their campgrounds. Attack dogs are deployed, hundreds are arrested and many injuries are sustained. Mainstream media outlets cover the growing tensions during their 24-hour news cycles while both parties accuse the other of escalating an atmosphere of violence.

Blessed with extraordinary access, Black Snake Killaz places viewers in the thick of these perilous events, and introduces us to the brave figures who fight for their homes, heritage and traditions. While construction of the pipeline has ultimately not been thwarted, many victories have been won along the way; perhaps none greater than the hordes of activists who have coalesced from every region of the United States and beyond.

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5 Comments / User Reviews

    Ruth Kohake
  1. Ruth Kohake

    I stand In Love for all people, for our planet, our water. I spoke to the Oldenburg Franciscan Catholic sisters who I had worked with and they told me that they went to Standing Rock in solidarity in the camp was prayerful peaceful and an amazing show of what humans are capable of

  2. Ruth Kohake
  3. Ruth Kohake

    Idea. Since Standing Rock is no longer physically there. We can enter into the Standing Rock in our hearts and in solidarity use our energy to create whatever we can that speaks to love and human rights in the place where we are. And of course the most challenge is to "become the change you desire," Ghandi

  4. Jay Steff
  5. Jay Steff

    And so so what, never get more oil? Kill all the folks who use oil? Only get foriegn oil?
    Been there and tried all that.
    This is all the global warming crap all over again. So let a small group decided what the rest gets?

  6. Jim
  7. Jim

    There are approx 300 open legal cases from Standing Rock. 6 are federal defendants facing outrageous charges and decades in prison. Two of those water protectors are currently incarerated. Don't forget the Standing Rock movement is far from over. Free Little Feather, Free Dion Ortiz!

  8. Mike
  9. Mike

    Jay do you not know about the ELECTRIC REVOLUTION.The world does not need oil Check out what Elon MUsk is doing !!

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