We know how African Americans changed the face of modern music. Whether it’s Jazz, Rock N’ Roll or Hip Hop, their roots run through almost everything on iTunes or Spotify. But what doesn’t get acknowledged is the impact of Indigenous people. Director Catherine Bainbridge seeks to change all that with her documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Judging by all the film festivals showcasing this film, it looks like she’s succeeding.
Well, it’s not so much a documentary as it is a 103-minute video essay. Instead of trying to portray the history in a conventional manner, Rumble showcases how indigenous people changed modern music through a series of segment linked through ideas. In a way, it makes sense to use this structure to tell over 100 years of music history. After all, it’s not one story but several stories connected by a common passion. Not only did several people change modern music but several cultures.