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Directed by Lindsey Grayzel

Oregon 2018 77 mins. In English

On October 11, 2016, a small group of activists successfully shut down all U.S. tar sands oil pipelines. They were immediately arrested, including director Lindsey Grayzel, producer Deia Schlosberg, and cinematographer Carl Davis. The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward over the course of a year and a half of civil disobedience, culminating in the coordinated direct action. While charges against the filmmakers have been dropped, the other activists, including Ward, still await trial with no regrets. Grayzel’s film leaves the viewer to consider if Ward is out of touch with reality, or if it is society that is delusional for not responding to an urgent environment threat. Director Lindsey Grayzel and Ken Ward will be in attendance to present the film. Come early for a reception at 6pm.

Genres: Documentary



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