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No Man’s Land

  • Directed by David Byars
  • United States, 2017, 82 mins., 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.

Genres: Documentary