Co-presented with the LEF Foundation
In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java, burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing 60,000 Indonesians. Directors Cynthia Wade (Academy Award® winner for FREEHELD) and Sasha Friedlander focus the tragedy around 16-year-old Dian, a survivor routinely ignored by her government, despite the unforgiving sludge continuing to engulf her home for over a decade. Chronicling the teenager’s transformation as she becomes an outspoken advocate for her community, GRIT is a timely showcase of the urgent need for political activism and the perseverance of the human spirit amidst social and environmental strife.
“Shot with poetic grandeur and stirring political heft” – POV magazine
Guest: Co-Director Cynthia Wade
Moderator: Loren King, Film Critic & Globe Correspondent
Saturday, October 13
Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander
Tracie Holder, Matthew Syrett