ACTIVISM: Brand new urban land reclamation documentary needs your help!

In the second in our series on crowd-funded projects, director and activist,  Dean Puckett describes his new film, Grasp the Nettle.

You may have seen the documentary film The Crisis of Civilization at one of the many transition town screenings over the last year. Well the team that made the film need your help with their new documentary…

Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police – and themselves -  in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the  framework of consumer society.

When an eco-village pops up on a piece of disused land in West London, film-maker Dean Puckett (The Crisis of Civilization)  gives up everything – his flat, job and normal life – to live among its eclectic inhabitants in an effort to understand what makes them tick.  Before he knows it, he is pulled into an epic, inspiring and at times harrowing journey of discovery, as he follows the villagers from the suburbs to the heart of London outside the Palace of Westminster, where  they occupy Parliament Square. Their ranks swelled by the homeless, the visionaries and eccentrics of the new-found Democracy Village clash with authority, and each other, as they grapple with how to balance their ideals of freedom with the increasing chaos around them.

Shot over three years in the aftermath of the 2008  banking collapse, Grasp the Nettle is an intimate exploration of the  rise and fall of two radical social experiments, pioneered by the loved  and the lost of a city reeling from the impact of economic and  ecological crisis. In the process, it asks hard questions about the nature of freedom and the meaning of activism in ‘interesting times’.

Crowdfund the film - http://www.indiegogo.com/graspthenettle?a=1389142
Visit the website - http://www.graspthenettlefilm.com/#!home/mainPage

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2 Responses to ACTIVISM: Brand new urban land reclamation documentary needs your help!

  1. David Sullivan says:

    Thanks for this.. ! keep it up for sure D davidsullivanart.co.uk

    On 11 October 2012 16:49, Transition Free Press wrote:

    > ** > Transition Free Press posted: “ In the second in > our series on crowd-funded projects, director and activist, Dean Puckett > discusses his new film, Grasp the Nettle. You may have seen the documentary > film The”

  2. Beverley says:

    Why do we need a newspaper to tell these stories – when many of us keep up to date with news online?

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