The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 82 minutes
This Screening @ Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Directed by the team that brought us “Sustainable,” an essential rumination on the future of agriculture, Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher follow in that film’s footsteps with RIGHT TO HARM. This time around, they are pointing the camera at factory farming and the toll it’s had on our country’s most vulnerable citizens. They take on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (a.k.a. CAFOs), which are notorious for producing large amounts of untreated waste. Neighbors of these facilities have been subjected to a myriad of health issues, stemming from the harmful conditions there. This documentary chronicles the plight of five communities dealing with these extremely unfortunate circumstances. Their needs aren’t much; they’re basic necessities many of us take for granted, such as clean air and water. The lack of regulation and oversight into the offending companies is certainly discouraging. But instead of being apathetic, these brave citizens have decided to rise up and rally against the corporate behemoths who ignore their calls for change. It’s challenging to see the harm that’s been inflicted on them, but their inspiring resilience is beautifully captured in this exceptionally compelling film. —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 4:50 PM
Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 11:20 AM
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Friday, April 05, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Matt Wechsler, Annie Speicher
Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher are a husband-and-wife filmmaking team from Evanston, Illinois with a passion for sustainable agriculture. Their first collaboration, “Sustainable”, screened at over 40 festivals worldwide and received the 2016 Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Sustainable (2016), RIGHT TO HARM (2019)
Annie Speicher, Matt Wechsler