RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Catherine BainbridgeCanada102 minutes201714AColourEnglish

Jan 16
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Intro and Q&A with director Catherine Bainbridge and co-director Alfonso Maiorana

Rapturously received at Hot Docs and everywhere it has played since, Catherine Bainbridge's RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World explores the oft-neglected history of musicians of First Nations descent whose work and ancestry has yet to be adequately acknowledged and honoured. Stretching back a century to the work of groundbreaking blues musician Charlie Patton, whose Indigenous ancestry was often glossed over in favour of other narratives, the documentary covers an extraordinary amount of ground. It reminds us of the contributions made by guitar greats Link Wray and Jesse Ed Davis, folk singer Peter La Farge (who wrote "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"), drummer Randy Castillo, influential US artist Rhiannon Giddens, and, of course, legendary figures like Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and poet/musician/activist John Trudell. Along the way there are some startling revelations (see: the FBI trying to derail Sainte-Marie's career), and some seriously kick-ass tunes.


Chaleureusement accueilli à Hot Docs, et partout où il a été présenté par la suite, RUMBLE : The Indians Who Rocked the World de Catherine Bainbridge porte sur l'histoire souvent négligée des musiciens des Premières Nations, dont les origines et le travail ne sont pas assez reconnus et célébrés. La réalisatrice couvre une quantité impressionnante de matière, remontant le siècle pour présenter l'incroyable musique blues de Charlie Patton, dont les ancêtres autochtones ont rarement été mentionnés. Le documentaire nous rappelle aussi l'apport des grands guitaristes Link Wray et Jesse Ed Davis, du chanteur Peter La Farge (qui a écrit " The Ballad of Ira Hayes "), du batteur Randy Castillo, de l'artiste américain influent Rhiannon Giddens et, bien entendu, des figures majeures comme Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie ainsi que le poète, musicien et militant John Trudell. Ce faisant, Bainbridge procède à certaines révélations surprenantes (comme les tentatives du FBI de détourner la carrière de Sainte-Marie) et nous fait entendre des chansons vraiment excellentes.

Catherine Bainbridge

Catherine Bainbridge is a director, writer, and producer. She co-directed the Peabody Award–winning documentary Reel Injun (10) about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. She is the cofounder of Rezolution Pictures and Minority Media. Bainbridge's latest film is RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (17).

Additional Credits

Catherine Bainbridge
Alfonso Maiorana
Production Company
Rezolution Pictures Inc.
Executive Producer
Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Rofekamp, Ernest Webb, Ray Halbritter
Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick, Lisa M. Roth
Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Alfonso Maiorana
Jeremiah Hayes, Benjamin Duffield
Marco Fania
Original Score
Benoit Charest
Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop
International Sales Agent
Films Transit, Films Transit International
US Sales Agent
East Villiage Entertainment
Canadian Distributor
Unobstructed View Inc, Kino Lorber
US Distributor
Kino Lorber