Still from END:CIV Resist or Die
Still from END:CIV Resist or Die

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END:CIV – Resist or Die

by Franklin López
An examination of our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and the heroism of those who confront it head-on.
2011  ·  1h55m  ·  Canada
About the Film
END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. As we write this, the world is reeling from economic chaos, peak oil, climate change, environmental degradation, and political turmoil. Every day, the headlines re-hash stories of scandal and betrayal of the public trust. We don’t have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system — it seems to be coming apart already. But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future. Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. END:CIV illustrates first-person stories of sacrifice and heroism with intense, emotionally-charged images that match Jensen’s poetic and intuitive approach. Scenes shot in the back country provide interludes of breathtaking natural beauty alongside clearcut evidence of horrific but commonplace destruction. END:CIV features interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin,  Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.
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Franklin Lopez
Franklin Lopez
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Franklin López

Franklin López

“By far the most routinely praised contemporary media activist is Franklin López. López’s work engages in constructing a new vision where popular culture serves the interests of the poor and dispossessed, where humor is reignited within activism, and the D.I.Y. ethics of punk and hip-hop allow those with talent and gumption to be the media, once again.”

Chris Robé, Author of “Breaking the Spell, l: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas”

Born in Puerto Rico, Franklin López has been making films since he was 17. In 1994 he started subMedia, a vehicle to publish radical films and videos. Since the 2000’s, Frank’s work at subMedia was focused on amplifying grassroots anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles with a focus on direct action, eco-defense and Indigenous sovereignty. Frank’s videos have been viewed by millions of people on the Internet, screened in alleyways and movie theaters around the world, and broadcast on international TV networks. After publishing hundreds of videos and films, and training dozens of people in video production, Frank left subMedia to pursue the production of long form documentaries and to kick start Amplifier Films. His work has been written about in the New York Times and Wired Magazine and an entire chapter was dedicated to his work in “Breaking the Spell” a book about autonomous filmmaking

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