It was 2018 when former organic farmer Roger Hallam decided enough was enough. If he was going to save the planet, then it wasn’t going to be through petitions, compromise, or conciliation. It was time to make a nuisance of himself and hit the powerful where they hurt: by disrupting the economy. And so Extinction Rebellion was born.
By April 2019, the movement was strong enough to block traffic across central London for several days, and over 1,000 supporters were arrested — Hallam’s key metric for success. And it seemed he was right: before the week was up, the UK became the first industrial nation to declare a climate emergency, Extinction Rebellion’s primary demand. But then, as this candid observational documentary shows, things got messy.
First-time filmmakers Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot were in on the ground floor before even Hallam knew what Extinction Rebellion could achieve. They focus on several activists, including international climate lawyer Farhana Yamin and many first-time protesters, among them Roger’s daughter Savannah Lovelock. It’s an empowering testament to the impact of collective action and taking an individual stand, but also a cautionary tale about the stresses of this kind of work.
VIFF runs from September 29th to October 9th. Rebellion screens October 2nd at 9 PM at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and October 3rd at 3:45 PM at International Village.
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