Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Public Trust

Year: 2020
Country: United States
Run Time: 96 minutes

Public Trust
Public Trust
Public Trust
Public Trust
Public Trust

One of the most urgent documentaries you are likely to see this year, PUBLIC TRUST uncovers a national epidemic hiding in plain sight. Alongside investigative journalist, Hal Herring, the film is an exposé on the conglomerates that are plundering America’s public lands for economic gain, causing irrevocable environmental damage in their warpath. An exhaustive and thorough examination, the film focuses on the downsizing of Bears Ears in Utah, the eminent destruction of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and the literal sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, tracing the long covert history of land wars in the U.S. Deploying illuminative interviews with land historians, tribe leaders, and government whistleblowers, the film asserts a highly persuasive argument that is impossible to ignore and vital to hear. Executive produced by Robert Redford, this is an epic big-screen experience, offering a soaring look at majestic landscapes and awe-inspiring natural vistas that are quickly fading. This informative piece of nonfiction filmmaking is a serious call-to-action and boldly calls out the capitalist greed destroying some of the nation’s most astounding and precious natural resources. — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Global Health Competition


David Garrett Byars

Jeremy Hunter Rubingh

David Garrett Byars, Drew Xanthopoulos

Lyman Smith

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Holden Forests & Gardens

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