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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. A weekend film festival on the reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival at the tribal casino near Fort Yates, N.D., beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, is to foster connections between the Native American community and the film industry. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

A film festival at Standing Rock aims to boost support for the anti-pipeline movement


A film and music festival aimed at boosting support for the anti-pipeline movement will be held on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this coming weekend. 

The inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival will showcase the talent of Native American filmmakers and musicians, while also providing a place for those opposed to the  $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to come together. 

Standing Rock represents, people really came together and united. History was created.
Tricia van Klaveren

"It was the most amazing coming together of people from all over the country, all over the world,"  said festival producer Tricia van Klaveren, recalling her time protesting with hundreds of others in southern North Dakota. "Standing Rock represents, people really came together and united. History was created."

Although protesters were unable to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the movement is now focused on stopping similar projects across the country. 

Organizers said they hope people will be able to return for the festival, although the tribal casino where the event will be held can only hold up to 1,000 people. Many of the weekend's events will be live-streamed. 

"AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock" and "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" are among the films being screened at the festival.

Tickets are free, but donations to fund future events are encouraged.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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