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Shut Up & Sing

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Chicks chirp about free speech in passionate docu.

Movie R 2006 93 minutes
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age 8+

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age 8+

Judge based on your kid, and talk to them first

This is a wonderful documentary about free speech. If your kid is expressing interest in this kind of issue, it's probably the perfect place to start. You do need to talk to them first -- brief explanation of what people were disagreeing over, and assurances that the Dixie Chicks were and are safe, b/c some death threats and horrible things are read/said.

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Barbara Kopple and Cecelia Peck's impassioned film shows the Chicks to be wives of supportive husbands and mothers of young children, as well as long-time collaborators. (Maguire and Robison are sisters.) This focus makes the Chicks look especially likable, as if the movie means to recuperate them into the fold of domestic conservatism. But, in fact, it argues against labeling the Chicks as either "good" country western artists or "bad" unpatriotic bigmouths.

The whole situation reveals the ways that the music industry manages its business; the movie shows footage from a July 2003 Senate Commerce Committee hearing on radio ownership in which the "ban on the Dixie Chicks" was investigated. As reported in Freepress senators sought to discover "whether or not the radio ban on the Dixie Chicks during the Iraq war constitutes a concern related to concentration of ownership." One witness states that the decision to boycott the Chicks' songs "was a collaborative decision-making process. Everybody fell in line." As the film ends, the Chicks' anti-war stance has become popular, even as they remain "not ready to make nice." The changes in their career and fan base may not alter the way the music industry works -- still, the Chicks will not shut up.

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