Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing


TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 6:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Outstanding Achievement Retrospective
Film Subjects:America
Music & Musicians
War, Conflict & the Military
Her Story
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Barbara Kopple
Cecilia Peck
Producer(s):Barbara Kopple
David Cassidy
Cecilia Peck
Editor(s):Bob Eisenh
Aaron Kuhn
Emma Morris
Jean Tsien
Michael Culyba
Cinematography:Christine Burrill
Joan Churchill
Seth Gordon
Gary Griffin
Luis Lopez
Composer:Paul Reeves
Sound:Peter Miller
Alan Barker
Jason Blackburn
Giovanni Di Simone


"We're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." This now-infamous sentence was spoken on a whim by lead singer of the Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines at a 2003 concert. A criticism of the newly launched war in Iraq, the statement caused the country band to face terrifying threats, boycotts and blacklists from the right—and their fan base. In the aftermath, amidst dropped sponsors and plummeting record sales, Kopple tracks the shell-shocked group as they rebuild their lives and write their next album. In her signature manner, Kopple blends into the background to capture intimate conversations between the band and their families as they debate everything from lyrics to personal safety. Whether you're a fan of the group or not, this doc shows the incredible power that comes from not backing down. Kiva Reardon

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3.5 Stars

POV - "Ain’t that America: The Films of Barbara Kopple"