The Reluctant Radical

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

Film Director/Producer Lindsey Grayzel, Co-Producer Deia Schlosberg and film subject Ken Ward in attendance

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. The film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his actions, the film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling. Presented in partnership with 350PDX.

Pre-film music set by the Road Sodas. Post-film party at Columbia River Brewing. 

77 mins
Assistive Listening
Wheelchair accessible


Saturday, April 21