Part of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, featuring free screenings of provocative new features and documentaries paired with post-film discussions!
Screening venue: Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ
This program is made possible by the Tucson Pima Arts Council with additional funding from the Arizona Humanities Council and the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
"A film everyone needs to see, even if you think you’re well-informed about political issues, environmentalism, and global climate change." -Ashland Independent Film Festival
Bidder 70 tells the story of Tim DeChristopher and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. On December 19, 2008, DeChristopher, as Bidder #70, derailed the Bush administration's last minute, widely disputed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, acting to safeguard thousands of acres of Utah land. Bidding $1.7 million, Tim won 22,000 acres of land with no intention to pay or drill. For his disruption of the auction, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal charges. Tim's civil disobedience has drawn national attention to America's energy policy and criticism to the BLM's management of public lands. Refusing to compromise his principles and rejecting numerous plea offers by the prosecution, Tim is willing to sacrifice his own future to bring this vitally important issue to global attention. Bidder 70 is Tim's story: his actions, his trial and his possible prison sentence. It is also the story of the scientists, activists, writers, and movements that influence and support his actions.
(Beth and George Gage, 2012, US, 73 min., Not Rated) HD Digital Presentation