CARBONDALE — In 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota, became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the drinking water of 18 million people and Indigenous sovereignty.

While many may know the details, “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock” captures the story of the Native-led protests that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

The Varsity is offering a screening of the film, a 2017 Tribeca Film Festival nominee. The screening is sponsored by Southern Illinois Stands with Standing Rock. It will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Balcony Theater.

Before the film is shown, there will be a brief introduction and an update on the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Tickets are $3, cash only, at the door. Additional donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Red Fawn Falls and the Water Protector legal fun.

Doors and the bar will open at 1:30 p.m.

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