Fall 2022 Doc Night Screening – Not Without Us – Nov 14
Sebastopol’s Fall Doc Nite series will continue on November 14 with a screening of Not Without Us (2016) at 7 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas® Sebastopol, followed by a discussion with director with director Mark Decena, and a casual gathering at Fern Bar. Filmed during the 2015 U.N. Climate talks in Paris, two weeks after terrorists attacks created a state of emergency that outlawed all “unofficial” political gatherings, Not Without Us follows seven global grassroots activists as they attempt to unleash the only force that they can to prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people. Not Without Us documents a crucial moment in history, framing the root causes of the global climate crisis and the greatest inequality in the history of humankind, as one and the same. Seen from the perspective of frontline communities, the film interweaves the personal stories and motivations of the activists portrayed, conveying to a broader audience why the call for deeper and far reaching change is not only necessary, but also humane.
Not Without Us follows seven grassroots activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris in 2015. The effects of climate change on their lives reveal what’s at stake if a strong agreement to limit carbon emissions is not reached. Yet, the landmark Paris Accords, signed by 192 nations, is non-binding and fails to mention the main cause of global climate change: fossil fuels. How could this be?
Not Without Us connects the dots. Between the inability of the U.N. process to address climate change and Big Oil’s control over governments. Between the greatest economic inequality in the history of mankind and the oncoming climate disaster. Between a fossil fuel driven economy and the 1% who control it.
Not Without Us demonstrates the importance of grassroots groups to empower mass movements to create the systemic change we need. Real change that comes not from top down, but the bottom up, organized by social movements to harness the greatest force we have: humanity.
The Doc Night screening of Not Without Us and a post-screening discussion director Mark Decena will take place at Rialto Cinemas® on November 14 at 7 p.m., followed by casual drinks and snacks at Fern Bar. Doc Night films are also available to stream during the screening.
Doc Night is a co-presentation of Trim Tab, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, and Rialto Cinemas®. Doc Night’s Fall/Winter season will wrap on Dec. 12 with Dear Santa, accompanied by a post-screening Q&A with director Dana Nachman and cinematographer Mike Abela.