No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
Community Partner(s)
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes


In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government. The last straw was a dispute over grazing rights that led to an armed standoff with law enforcement that polarized neighbouring towns and eventually the whole of America. Filmmaker David Byars takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to documenting the Malheur standoff, enjoying unfettered access to the militia and its members. As what started out as a simple land dispute begins to unravel, the true horrors of what can happen when trust breaks down between people and institutions is revealed. Bullets literally start to fly, breaking whatever bonds of trust that may have existed between the extreme occupiers and their government. No Man’s Landis a harrowing reminder of what can happen when the ties that bind are severed. -CP


David Byars

David Garrett Byars will make his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with NO MAN’S LAND. After joining Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on URANIUM DRIVE-IN, he is also currently working Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film MASSACRE RIVER. Byars' additional work includes directing two short films, SELF STORAGE, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and RECAPTURE, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah.

Screening With
Marshall Curry | 
US |
 2017 | 
7 minutes
Guest Curator / Essayist

Geoff Dembicki

Geoff Dembicki is a freelance journalist and author based in Vancouver. He is a regular contributor to VICE and The Tyee. His work also appears in outlets like the New York Times, Foreign Policy and the Guardian. His first book, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, won the 2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award.   

Justice Forum Panelist

Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark received his PhD in American Studies from Brown University and has taught American history at both Colby College in Maine and Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He is currently a lecturer at Simon Fraser University. His work focuses on the history of media in the United States, in particular how the news has shaped and reflected social, cultural and political change in the 20th Century. His book, News Parade: The American Newsreel and the Mediation of the Public Sphere, 1927-1946 will be published by the University of Minnesota Press later this year.