When They Awake


Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 6:00PM

When They Awake is a vibrant celebration of a remarkable generation of Indigenous musicians in North America, at a watershed moment of social, cultural, and political resurgence.

Picking up the story where 'Rumble' left it, and with intimate access to many key players – from Nunavut throat-singer Tanya Tagaq to EDM outfit A Tribe Called Red, and from legendary songstress-activist Buffy Sainte-Marie to uncompromising singer-songwriter Iskwe – When They Awake is an empowering sonic engine about a music renaissance happening before our eyes. We are inspired by the prescient words of Métis leader Louis Riel, who bestowed this film with its title: 'My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back.' Over a century after he uttered these, we witness the awakening – and it's nothing short of a revolution.

Covering every genre, from Hip Hop to Rock to Electro Pop to EDM to Country and beyond, this empowered, outspoken, woke generation of musicians is fiercely channeling the darkness of the colonial past, and the resilience of their ancestors, into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. This powerful kaleidoscope of voices is a remarkable snapshot of a burgeoning music scene.

Director Hermon Farahi, Producer PJ Marcellino and Singer/Songwriter Don Amero will be in attendance at the screening

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Film Details

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 1hr 30m
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2017
  • Director: Hermon Farahi and PJ Marcellino both to be at screening
  • Musicians: A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, Iskwé

Date, Time & Location

Short film screened before this feature:

Canada, Director Jessica Fleming will be in attendance, Oakville Premiere, 8:28



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Event Details

Start date: June 24, 2018

Start time: 06:00 p.m.

Venue: Film.ca Cinemas

Coordinates: 43.4465142,-79.6924327