Reel and Meal at the New Deal (in person or online) is a monthly film series exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues, features “Invisible Hand.” The program is free and starts at 7 p.m. Invisible Hand is a documentary about the Rights of Nature, an innovative legal movement that protects water, animals and ecosystems by giving them legal rights. The movement began in Pennsylvania in 2006. The film covers the international fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D., and the adoption of Rights of Nature into Ecuador’s national constitution. The film asks, “If a corporation has rights, why can’t an ecosystem?” Following the film, there will be a discussion led by Directors Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, who are environmental investigative journalists with the Public Herald.
For online attendees, the Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket offers a vegan option from the grab-and-go side of the deli’s hot-food case and available from 11 a.m. until the Co-op closes at 9 p.m.
Registration required for Zoom attendees at https://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealOct17.
MORE INFORMATION BELOW ABOUT THE FILM
Reel and Meal Presents
A film about the Rights of Nature Movement
Monday, October 17, 2022, 7 PM
Arrive/Log on by 6:45 p.m., as the program starts promptly at 7p.m
In Person: Please come to the New Deal Café at 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center) in Greenbelt, MD; Come enjoy the new wide-screen film projection system. Masks are encouraged. Please check the Cafe’s Facebook page for updates on current in person guidelines.
Virtual (on Zoom): Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/ReelNMealOct17
Note: Registered Zoom attendees will be given access to screen the film independently from https://www.invisiblehandfilm.com/greenbelt-screening/ starting at 7p.m. The Q&A will start over zoom at 8:45.
Vegan Meal: We encourage a vegan meal to support our mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues.
The New Deal Café serves a variety of meals including a vegan option.
On line attendees can order a meal for take-out.
Please note: Management asks that outside food not be brought into NDC.
INVISIBLE HAND, follows the Rights of Nature movement that began in Pennsylvania, USA in 2006, travels to the international fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota, and features the adoption of Rights of Nature into Ecuador’s national constitution. Cradled in both Haudenosaunee prophecy and free market economic theory, the result is a film that asks, “If a corporation has rights, why can’t an ecosystem?”
“Our legal system is rigged to commodify Nature, to favor private property above Life,” said INVISIBLE HAND co-writer & director Melissa Troutman. “It’s a system that makes it perfectly legal to harm innocent people without their consent and threaten the survival of the planet.”
Co-writer and director Joshua Pribanic says, “INVISIBLE HAND is about witnessing the elephant in the room before it’s extinct. It’s showing us that, when face-to-face with the harmful effects of capitalism and our current way of life, Rights of Nature becomes the battle cry. My hope is that wherever you are, this film can speak to your fight.” Directors Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic will join after the film to take questions or comments from the public.
The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group. For more information on the series see the Reel and Meal Facebook page – www.facebook.com/reelandmealNDC. For more on this month’s event contact Amanda Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.