No Man's Land

Experience the on ground account of the 2016 occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Nomansland
Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 7, 2018
Length
90 minutes
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    2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival-Big Sky Award
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    Director

    David Byars

    The No Man’s Land premiere will mark Byars directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Byars is also currently working with Reel Thing’s Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film Massacre River. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on Uranium Drive-In. Show more Byars additional work includes directing two short films, Self Storage, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and Recapture, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah. Show less

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    The Film

    With unfettered access, No Man’s Land gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of militia, protesters, and onlookers. What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing of two ranchers quickly morphed into a catchall for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. During the 41-day siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the occupiers went about the daily business of engaging in an armed occupation.

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