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To the End (2022)

Opens on December 9

Director: Rachel Lears Run Time: 103 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Alexandra Rojas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Varshini Prakash

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Official Selection, 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Filmed over four years of hope and crisis, To the End captures the emergence of a new generation of leaders and the movement behind the most sweeping climate change legislation in U.S. history. Four exceptional young women— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist Varshini Prakash, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and political strategist Alexandra Rojas— grapple with new challenges of leadership and power and work together to defend their generation’s right to a future.

“truly inspiring… shines a light on how progress on climate change will actually be made in a galvanizing film”

—Stephen Saito for The Moveable Fest

From street protests to the halls of Congress, these bold leaders fight to shift the narrative around climate, revealing the crisis as an opportunity to build a better society. Including up-to-the-minute footage that culminates in 2022’s landmark climate bill, To the End lifts the veil on the battle for the future of our world, and gives audiences a front seat view of history in the making.

About the filmmaker:

Rachel Lears is a documentary director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her 2019 feature documentary Knock Down the House follows four women who ran insurgent congressional campaigns in 2018, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush. The film won the US Documentary Audience Award and the Festival Favorite award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2020. Her 2014 feature The Hand That Feeds, co-directed with Robin Blotnick, won numerous festival awards and was nominated for an Emmy in 2017. Rachel received the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2019, and also holds an MA in Ethnomusicology, an Advanced Certificate in Culture and Media, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU.

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