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Directed by David Byars

United States 2017 82 mins. In English

In January 2016, a well-armed band of anti-government militants led by the sons of renegade rancher Cliven Bundy took control of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, believing that federal government rangeland policies impinge on their right to make a living. Byars’s No Man’s Land offers a riveting account of the impasse, displaying unprecedented access to the protagonists, and culminating in the tense climax that resulted in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and left another man dead. Presenting an unbiased snapshot of a crisis reflecting the wider divides in the American political climate, the film suggests that future domestic encounters between government and “patriot community” civilians are likely in the offing. David Byars will present the film Friday evening.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.