Join the Ohio Community Rights Network and Simply Living for a four-part film series focusing on issues related to democracy. Each film showing will be followed by a post-film discussion and open Q&A.  

You can register for the films and discussions below.  If you are able to help defray the cost, and wish to support the work of our two organizations, please consider a minimum donation of $5 for each film and discussion.  All proceeds will be shared equally between OHCRN and Simply Living.  We thank you!

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Find film details, dates, and registration links below. Check back for more details as we continue to make arrangements! 

2021 Democracy Film Series Schedule

What is Democracy? 

Sunday, March 28, 2021, 2:00 PM EST

    Join us for the live Q&A with the filmmaker, Astra Taylor

**The link and password to view the film will be sent out Saturday, March 27. The film will be available for a 24 -hour period before the Q&A, which starts promptly at 2:00 pm EST on Sunday the 28th. 

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.

Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

 

Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

Astra Taylor is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director, most recently, of “What Is Democracy?” and the author of “Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone.” Her previous work includes “The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age,” winner of a 2015 American Book Award. She is co-founder of the Debt Collective.

Please consider a donation of $5 or more, if you can afford it, to help defray the cost of the film, and support the work of OHCRN and Simply Living

Invisible Hand

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 PM EST

   

Join us for the live Q&A with Lake Erie Bill of Rights organizer, Markie Miller

**The link and password to view the film will be sent out Saturday, April 25. The film will be available for a 24 -hour period before the Q&A, which starts promptly at 2:00 pm EST on Sunday the 25th. 

Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, INVISIBLE HAND takes you behind the curtain of the global economy where ‘Rights of Nature’ becomes “capitalism’s one true opponent.”

 

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. The water they drink, the Rights to Nature laws they've passed are all on the line in this exclusive story.

 

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.

 

Activists leaving Standing Rock are rejoined on the Pennsylvania and New York border where the Seneca Nation of Indians aligns with communities in the Triple Divide to stop radioactive fracking waste from entering Ohi:yo’ waters. Terry Pegula, the owner of Buffalo Bills and Sabres, threatens to sue INVISIBLE HAND filmmakers and whoever continues to speak out about his oil and gas company and their efforts.

The four, Grant Township, Lake Erie Bill of Rights, Defend Oh:yo’ and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.

 

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

Markie is a volunteer organizer for Toledoans for Safe Water and the Ohio Community Rights Network. She currently works for CELDF on grant writing, communications, and leads special projects. She is an ambassador for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights and the Rights of Nature, speaking at the United Nations, appearing on The Daily Show, and numerous local, national and international media outlets.

Please consider a donation of $5 or more, if you can afford it, to help defray the cost of the film, and support the work of OHCRN and Simply Living

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