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Video: The Reluctant Radical (Trailer)


If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? Lindsey Grayzel‘s film The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling — even if that means breaking the law. The film follows Ken through a series of direct actions, culminating with an action that shuts down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines and threatens to put him behind bars for 20 years. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world.

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Running time: 2:31

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Bring THE RELUCTANT RADICAL to your community! Documentary film is a powerful tool that engages both our hearts and minds, fostering dialogue, reflection, and engagement.

Host a screening at your church, synagogue, community center, library, school, home or wherever you can make it work.

Screening Kits cost $150. You decide if you want to make the event free to the public,
sell tickets, or ask for donations to fundraise for an organization.

Screening Kits include:

  • A digital movie file, Blu-ray disc or DVD to screen the film.

  • A license to screen the film one time to a group of 20-200 people.

  • Customizable fliers to easily advertise the screening.

  • Organizing and promotional tips to ensure a successful screening.

  • A discussion guide to help facilitate meaningful conversations.

Consider inviting the film’s subject, Ken Ward, and/or filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel for a Skype Q & A after your screening.

Please note that dates available for community screenings will be coordinated to not interfere with film festival screenings in your area.


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