Rebellion is the first feature-length documentary to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Extinction Rebellion (XR) from its launch in 2018.
The documentary, directed by Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot and produced by Kat Mansoor, will launch in UK cinemas on 18 March and be available to stream on Netflix from 01 April.
Given unprecedented access, the filmmakers follow a diverse group of unlikely allies who have come together to confront the climate emergency, and depicts the highs and lows of the movement as they crash into the status quo – and each other.
‘It wasn’t a fair fight’
In the decade since the financial crisis, action on climate change had slipped right down the political agenda.
In 2018 a new group emerged, Extinction Rebellion (XR), with a bold tactic to break through the deadlock: mass civil disobedience on a scale not seen for decades.
Rebellion follows the journey of XR co-founders as well as Farhana Yamin, an international environmental lawyer who played a key role in negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement, as she decides to break the law for the first time in her life.
After decades of UN climate negotiations, Farhana is determined to sound the alarm and see governments act.
As Farhana says in the film: ‘I’d come into the UN system thinking it’s a fair fight – we’ve got science and law and economic analysis. But you had intensive lobbying from the fossil fuel industries, and the financial industries that support them, and it wasn’t a fair fight.’
In April 2019, XR brought London to a standstill as thousands took part in the biggest act of civil disobedience in modern British history.
Within days of the protests, a climate emergency was declared by the UK Parliament and climate change was propelled to the heart of public debate.