Invisible Hand

Dir: Joshua B. Pribanic & Melissa A. Troutman
85mins   2020   US   15   English   

With post-screening panel with Emma Montlake (Case Director at Environmental Law Foundation) and Lorelei Mathias (Founding member of South Coast Sirens) about the UK based rights of nature legal movement and civic action being taken locally to tackle water pollution

In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home through civil disobedience.

In Toledo, Ohio an earth-shattering vote was passed to enact the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR), granting personhood to international waters. Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth.

In the end, "Who will speak for Nature?"

Presented with support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.


Mon 1 November