An Activist Story
Mila Todd, an Extinction Rebellion activist, creative, and aspiring zoologist, goes to Glasgow to engage in activism at COP26, the most important climate change conference in history. She is willing to go as far as it takes to make a difference - but how far is that?
-Freja Refning Hansen, Director
Act Now: Power to the People
The first reveal and look at ActNow: Power to the People. A documentary about activism, climate change, police intimidation, people, love, solidarity and connection.
In ActNow: Power to the People Mila Todd, an Extinction Rebellion activist, creative, and aspiring zoologist, goes to Glasgow to engage in activism at COP26, the most important climate change conference in history. She is willing to go as far as it takes to make a difference - but how far is that?
On 01/11/2021 the Red Rebels entered Glasgow. When the Reds arrive a quietness fills the area, every stopping to see who they see and why they are there. They came to dedicate themselves to illuminate the global environmental crisis and support and protect groups and organisations that fight to save our world at COP26. Red blood flows in all our veins.
Little Amal, the refugee puppet, traveled all the way from Syria to Glasgow, making an appearance during the United Nations' 26th climate change conference. Little Amal is a 3.5 metre-tall animatropic puppet, a 'living art-work' making the incredible trip 'The Walk 2021' of 8000 km through Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to start the important conversation about refugees and the journey they make to find safety. She represents the many unaccompanied children in the Calais camp separated from their families and reminds us of our shared humanity.
When we met Amal, she was accompanied by a small orchestra setting the unimaginable mood of her journey. On this leg of her flight she was dragging a dead tree to put focus on the climate crisis. Unfortunately it is the people, particularly in the Global South, already struggling other inequalities such as poverty and war that are the most affected by climate change. We cannot have climate justice without social justice. The generation fighting this is 'no longer some imaginary future generation'. It is our generation.
The police tugged and pulled Dan not believing him as he was trying to explain the chain around his neck through his chokes. It took the police minutes to take him serious and stop choking him, only stopping when they finally decided to listen to Dan's suggestion of looking for the chain tugged under his rain coat around his neck as the rain fell like bullets through the sky. Shocking as a superior (white cap) was present. This was one of the first acts of police brutality we witnessed during the COP26 Rebellion. Quickly the police realised the problems that could arise from their tactics being filmed by civilians, and they chose to facilitate the protest for the time being. However, this was not the last time they would harass these rebels during the weeks of COP.
Dan, The Violinist
Dan, the violinist, is a principal addition to the Scientist Rebellion. Always ready with a hug or any other type of support and a creative mind, he lifts up everyone around him's spirits.
Here he is during th Scientist Rebellion action on George V bridge, where 21 chained themselves to each other to bring attention to the incredible data these scientists have gathered about the extent of the climate crisis.