Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
US | 2006 | 93min | 35mm | COLOR | Documentary | Musical
Dixie Chicks, an award-winning country music trio with the Grammy for Record of the Year under their collective belts, created an uproar 4 years ago because of an anti-Bush statement the band''s lead vocalist Natalie Maines. In 2003, the Dixie Chicks were on top of the American music world with 3 awards at the Grammy Awards and the halftime performance for the Super Bowl. But the US was about to attack Iraq and at the first show of the band''s European tour in London, Natalie said, Although not motivated by deliberate political intention, the statement created an unforeseen backlash. Many angry Americans harshly criticized her for her lack of patriotism, burning the band''s CDs and boycotting albums and concerts. Natalie even received death threats. But the trio insists the response only made them stronger. is a collaboration between Barbara Kopple, a noted two time Academy Award winning documentary fimmaker ( and ), and Cecilia Peck who first joined Kopple for the film . After years of addressing the issues of gender, labor, AIDS and human rights, the filmmakers now highlight three women who are artists, mothers and Americans, and who refused to keep silent. The film emphasizes that the Dixie Chicks’ outspoken bravery is the true American spirit that goes beyond irrational patriotism, while calmly making a pointed commentary on Bush government''s policy and media manipulation.