No Man's Land


Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

Director David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of the action — headed by Ammon Bundy — put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolster their numbers with an influx of right-wing militia members and onlookers. What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing of two ranchers quickly morphed into a catchall opportunity for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. During the 41-day siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection. “No Man’s Land” documents the Malheur takeover from its inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of the movement — the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic — attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution. The Hollywood Reporter calls “No Man’s Land” an “intensely visceral documentary which shows just how far some fringe segments of the population are willing to go to stand up for their beliefs.”

90 min.

Directed by

David Byars

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight