Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing

Barbara Kopple

A documentary film about the successful all-woman Texas country music trio Dixie Chicks.

The film follows the band over the three year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements after the lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticized U.S President George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London.

It highlights a scene from the Dixie Chicks’ March 10, 2003, concert at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre in London, England. The atmosphere in the European audience is of dramatic opposition to the announcement from U.S President George W. Bush’s authorization of the invasion of Iraq.

Approximately one million people had recently demonstrated in London against the Iraq war.

During the introduction to their song “Travelin’ Soldier,” Natalie Maines stated: Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the U.S is from Texas.”

Shortly after that, the U.S. media picked up the story and controversy erupted. Conservative groups in the United States rallied against the Dixie Chicks, and a firestorm of anger and criticism quickly followed.

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