28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
To the End
director: Rachel Lears
original title: To the End
country: United States
running time: 93 min.
synopsisIn an international panel discussion on climate change in 2018, scientists reached a consensus that society must undergo radical changes by the year 2030 in order to prevent climate catastrophe. These changes must first be made in high politics. Documentary filmmaker Rachel Lears follows the thrilling story of four female activists of color who blocked all the entrances to the White House, hoping to get Joe Biden’s attention, and embarked on a passionate struggle to save our future. After a three-year effort, architects of the Green New Deal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Rhiana Gunn-Wright, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash, and executive director of the Justice Democrats, Alexandra Rojas, have succeeded in getting Congress to approve the largest carbon dioxide emissions reduction investment plan in history.
“The film presents this compelling and urgent narrative in a cinematic style that plays with tropes of dystopian science fiction and the utopian visioning that activists and organizers must do to imagine and build alternative futures.”
biographyRachel Lears is an American independent documentary filmmaker, activist, musician, and writer. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and specializes in human rights and environmental issues. She co-founded the production company Jubilee Films. Her third feature-length documentary, Knock Down The House (2019), was shortlisted for an Oscar and also nominated for an Emmy.
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|Sabrina Schmidt Gordon