Dir. Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel | USA | 2018 | 77 mins
The Reluctant Radical brings us a heartbreaking and heart-warming story of long-time environmentalist and activist, Ken Ward, who confronts his fears to combat the greatest crisis of human civilisation: climate change. With 20 years of experience in leading environmental organisations, Ken is alarmed by the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for human civilisation.
Receiving little support from environmental organisations, Ken takes matters into his own hands and participates in a series of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience as a means of putting himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry. With Ken facing 20 years in jail, we are forced to ask ourselves whether Ken is out of touch with reality – or if it’s the rest of society that is delusional for staying complacent in the face of the unsettling evidence of climate change.
This film will be followed by a panel discussion. This panel will include:
Nicola Paris - Counter Act
Bronwyn Gresham - Compassionate Nature
Audrey Cooke - Retired teacher and activist