This week film club will take shape a bit differently. Instead of watching at 7pm tomorrow (Tue 29th), we are recommending you watch the newly released film (produced by Robert Redford and ethical clothing company, Patagonia), “Public Trust”, at any time over the week and give us your thoughts after you’ve watched it in the comments below.
Although this film looks at land rights in America this is a huge topic which will affect the whole world in terms of destruction of wild landscapes and serious global implications in the continuous pursuit and use of fossil fuels when we should be moving towards renewables.
The film also highlights the following issues:
- the distinction between public land and native land and the associated human rights abuses against indigenous people and the injustices disproportionately experienced by them.
- the importance of public land and every person’s right to access wild spaces. This is something that we enjoy in Scotland but can be put in jeopardy, as can be demonstrated by the restrictions put on land access (for a number of reasons) in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, further compounded by Covid at the moment.
- the terrifying power of the oil and gas companies within what could be viewed as a corrupt political system.
- the astounding beauty of the wild places in America.
So there’s definitely a lot of interest in there!