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    The new age of climate activism

    CLIMATE: Four young women of colour take the fight for a Green New Deal to Congress.

    Selected for this year’s CPH:DOX F:act Award competition, To the End, is Rachel Lears’ Sundance-premiering followup to her (also Sundance-premiering) 2019 doc Knock Down The House, which tagged along on the Sisyphean political campaigns of four loud and proudly progressive women during the 2018 US Democratic primaries. Unfortunately, only one of those system-dismantling hopefuls won. Fortunately, the winner was a charismatic Bronx bartender by the name of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The latter now takes her place both in Congress and as one of To the End‘s fierce foursome.

    To the End, a film by Rachel Lears
    To the End, a film by Rachel Lears

    The new faces of climate

    However, AOC is the elder stateswoman to three even politically greener (no pun intended) climate activists this time around. There’s Varshini Prakash, the Massachusetts-born executive director of the Sunrise Movement#; Alexandra Rojas, a Connecticut native and the executive director of Justice Democrats (and familiar CNN talking head); and Rhiana Gunn-Wright of the Roosevelt Institute, a Chicagoan (and former intern for Michelle Obama#) who co-authored the Green New Deal policy document.

    And like AOC, these dedicated women also happen to be unequivocally BIPOC – with varying views amongst themselves. When the issue of veganism comes up, Gunn-Wright, the only Black face to be featured, quips, «White people can give up meat – my people have . . .

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    Lauren Wissot
    A US-based film critic and journalist, filmmaker and programmer.
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