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Film ‘The Reluctant Radical’ coming to Grass Valley

Submitted by Debbie Gibbs

“If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?”

This is the question posed by the film, “The Reluctant Radical” in relation to activism and climate change. The group Climate Action Now will host a screening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. “The Reluctant Radical” is a documentary that follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry in an effort to combat climate change. The film reveals both the personal costs and also fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling. Director Lindsay Grayzel was one of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming activists at the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines in October 2016. The filmmakers’ arrests contributed to the assertion that press freedom and First Amendment rights have increasingly come under attack as law enforcement and prosecutors favor corporate fossil fuel interests over citizens’ rights.

In honor of Earth Week, this timely film, which was part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, chronicles a citizen who puts his freedom on the line to do what he believes is necessary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments are available. Donations are welcome.


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