Princeton Environmental Film Festival: ‘Invisible Hand: Who Will Speak for Nature?’

Oct 16, 2020Oct 18, 2020


Event Description

Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, and directed by Melissa A. Troutman and Joshua B. Pribanic, Invisible Hand (2020, 85 minutes) 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 Oh:yo’ waters. Terry Pegula, 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?”

  • Princeton Public Library
  • Princeton Environmental Institute