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CLIMATE JUSTICE & THE THIN GREEN LINE
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Now available for educators at Collective Eye

NECESSITY PART 2 TRAILER
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WATCH
OIL, WATER & CLIMATE RESISTANCE
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Now available for educators at Collective Eye

Necessity The Movie Trailer
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ABOUT THE NECESSITY FILMS

This two-part film series unfolds around activists and their use of the necessity defense in jury
trials in different regions of the US after being charged with trespassing.  Legal strategies in the
climate movement take center stage as Indigenous leaders and Native and non-Native activists
respond to the growing climate emergency.  From the Mississippi Headwaters, wild rice
fields and Great Lakes in Part I to the rivers and mountains of the Columbia River
Gorge in Part II, awe-inspiring terrains are sites of coordinated resistance to corporate
expansion of oil through pipelines, rail and terminals to get their lethal products to
market. As inspiring and hopeful as they are informative, the films show how alliances
form around shared commitments to save the planet.

 

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NECESSITY is a fiscally sponsored project of Film Independent, selected project of Doc Society + Exposure Labs inaugural Climate Story Lab, and selected project of The Fledgling Fund Call for Projects on Climate Change, and The Puffin Foundation.

 
HELP US SHARE THIS EXCITING PROJECT

These films will serve as a tool in promoting thoughtful public dialogue on climate change and the complex strategies needed to address the global climate emergency.

Help us share this inspiring ongoing story of allyship and Indigenous-led resistance to bring this message to communities across the country. As Tara Houska proclaims, “there is beauty and purpose in the struggle.”

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