Chances are you’ve never heard of the small remote town of Berens River, Man., so it’s a good thing some of its youngest residents have decided to showcase it on YouTube for the world to see.
With the help of their music teacher, Ken Davidson, the students at Berens River School created their very own version of the “Cup Song.” The song, originally a blue grass tune from the ’30s, was made popular by actress Anna Kendrick in the movie Pitch Perfect. Her rendition of the song, complete with cups as instruments, blew up in 2012. Since then, young and old alike have been uploading their unique versions of it.
What’s special about this Canadian version is that it opens our eyes to how the Ojibway First Nations of Berens River live. In the opening shots you see a young boy and girl surrounded by stunning, natural beauty, but old barrels, broken down cars and various other knick-knacks are scattered around as well. The video creates no illusions. It’s a wonderful and raw account of their town and that’s probably why (currently) over 22,000 people have watched their video on YouTube. Later in the music video, all the other students of the school join in on the celebration and play their cups as well.
The creators of the video made it with the mission of not only showcasing their community at the present, but also to display their promising future — with these great children at the helm.