Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival



Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sanchez Bellot’s smartly constructed film tracks the origin, intentions and successes of Extinction Rebellion as well as detailing its internal issues and personality clashes. It is a story of passion, frustrations and ambition and displays how non-violent civil disobedience can have a massive impact, but also how organising such a body can offer as many challenges as successes. The film focuses on the events of 2019, but also takes a step back to recount how Extinction Rebellion was formed with interviews with two of the co-founders, Gail Bradbrook and Roger Hallam. — Climate justice has emerged as a cornerstone of movements that either sprung out of, or were influenced by, Extinction Rebellion, and this film does an impressive job of charting a remarkable period of time when ordinary people took a stand and demanded to be heard.

Mark Adams, Business Doc Europe

Kenworth and Bellot were granted intimate access to the inner world of XR from its earliest days and the swift development of a group dedicated, under the leadership of Roger Hallam, to non-violent direct action and a policy of deliberately seeking members’ arrests to increase media coverage, makes for fascinating viewing. — Rebellion skilfully follows both the public actions and inner tensions of XR.

Nick Holdsworth, Modern Times Review

Language: English
Subtitles: no subtitles
Length: 82 min
Age Limit: K7
Year: 2021
Production Country: United Kingdom

Director: Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sanchez Bellot
Producer: Kat Mansoor
Production Company: Halcyon Pictures
Editing: Michael Nollet
Cinematographer: Elena Sanchez Bellot, Maia Kenworthy, Amy Newstead
Music: Wayne Roberts
Sound Design: Rick Blything