The English term “grassroots” is often used around the world to denote local civic activism.
The documentary film Grassroots explores three landmark environmental struggle—the fight to save the Suna Forest in Karelia, the ongoing work of EcoWatch in Krasnodar Territory, and the fight to save the Khopyor River in Voronezh Region—using them as a springboard for trying to answer the main questions facing environmental activists in our country today.
In the film, we hear the voices of many environmental activists and listen to the opinions of the most experienced of them, including Yevgeny Vitishko, Andrei Rudomakha, Konstantin Rubakhin, Suren Gazaryan, Yevgeniya Chirikova, Tatyana Chestina, and Grigory Kuksin.
Some of these extraordinary activists have been forced into exile, while others have done serious prison time.
What does it cost to defend our forests, parks, and cities? Who is up to the task?
Director: Konstantin Davydkin
Producer: Maria Muskevich
2018, 58 min., Russia; in Russian with no subtitles
Production: Regista Studio / Make a Movie Production Center
Annotation translated by the Russian Reader. Thanks to Comrade Koganzon for encouraging me to watch the movie.