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Genre: Documentary
Starring: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire
Director: Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Join the Dixie Chicks on a rocking, rousing comeback journey, through three unforgettable years in the life of the #1-selling female band of all time. Shut Up & Sing takes you beyond backstage into the Dixie Chicks' dressing rooms, homes and recording studio where they plan and create the hit album "Taking the Long Way". Defying their critics, the Dixie Chicks stick up for themselves, stick together and rock their way back to the top of the charts.


Because this reviewer isn’t a law student, he doesn’t know whether he will get into trouble if he used an actual celebrity’s name to quote an example. So to play it safe, let’s just imagine that a 'very popular local singer' scoffs the Singapore government for its, hmm, decision to increase transport fares (again!) during his/ her performance at the National Day Parade. You can imagine the uproar this is going to bring about. This is the kind of trouble American country music group The Dixie Chicks got into in 2003, and as a result of that, we have this interesting documentary which never made it to the local cinemas.

"We don't want this war, this violence; and, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." This was the statement lead vocalist Natalie Maines said during a concert 10 days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. From then on, the three female band mates were perceived as being un-American, received a slew of enduring hate mail, and were subjected to other attacks like the destruction of their albums as a protest against the comments. The 92 minute picture follows the band’s journey to continue their lives as artistes and become true musicians who stay true to their opinions.

As a documentary, this one provides an insight to each of the band mate’s lives. You see how a baby gets born, you see how a family bonds together, you see how their passion for music never dies. For us living in this part of the world, some political issues may not be that pertinent to us, but as the documentary progresses, you get a sense of how much it means for an opinionated American to have his/ her voice heard.

It certainly helps if you have heard the multiple Grammy Award winning group’s genre of music. The bluegrass and country music isn’t your usual radio friendly pop tunes, so this may not be the typical youngster’s cup of tea. Songs like "The Long Way Round" and "Lubbock and Leave It" appear in the documentary, and even if you are not that into politics, this picture makes for good “listening” – it helps to increase your knowledge on the kinds of music that is out there.

The documentary may also have you reflecting whether this kind of public uproar will happen on our sunny island. Will that 'very popular local singer' suffer the same fate as The Dixie Chicks if this scenario happened here? Will he/ she stand up for his/ her rights and remain unfazed? Will we, the rather apathetic Singaporeans, even bother to boycott his/ her music and actions? These are indeed questions worth pondering.


This Code 3 disc contains no special features.


The visual transfer is somewhat acceptable (the distributor watermark which appears every once in a while is a tad disturbing though), while the movie is presented in its original English audio track.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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