‘Invisible Hand’ documentary screening at library

Apr 19, 2019

BELFAST — A new documentary about the “community rights” movement is showing on Sunday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Michelle Sanborn of the Community Environmental Rights Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) will attend the showing and answer questions after the film.

The documentary, “Invisible Hand,” is the latest from Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, award-winning directors who’ve followed the community of Grant Township on its journey to protect itself against a toxic oil and gas waste facility that threatens its water supplies. To do so, the community passed a Home Rule Charter and gave legal rights to nature. “Forcing unwanted pollution projects on people without their consent is all too common. This film is about how people can take their power back,” said Pribanic.

Sanborn, a grassroots local democracy activist, co-led a hometown effort to pass a rights-based ordinance in 2014 in Alexandria, NH. This articulated the right of the townspeople for clean air, water and soil, and to determine a sustainable energy future. Sanborn now serves as a New England organizer for CELDF, a non-profit, public interest law firm that aims to build sustainable communities by assisting people as they assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.

Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo is the executive producer of “Invisible Hand,” making this Ruffalo’s third film project with Troutman and Pribanic. “For years, Mark has been a voice for the people and for solutions to our climate crisis,” said film writer, director and producer Melissa Troutman.

“The United Nation’s latest climate report is clear,” she added. “We have 12 years – at best – to cut fossil fuels or lives will be lost. Communities have every right to say ‘no’ to new fossil projects, and it’s about time that right, along with the Rights of Nature, become the law of this land.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 338-3884.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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