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Trailer: Rebels With a Cause

REBELS WITH A CAUSE chronicles the ordinary citizens who did extraordinary things to save what are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Rebels With a Cause chronicles the ordinary citizens who did extraordinary things to save what are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from development, creating an 80 mile-long park that supports open space, recreation, agriculture and wildlife. Their cause crossed party lines, unified seemingly antagonistic foes, faltered and was nearly extinguished many times along the way, but was ultimately victorious.  It’s a fascinating example of a hard fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans—our public lands.

Produced by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand, the film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for twenty years. It is thanks largely to their persistance that we now have America’s system of national seashores and recreation areas. Rebels With a Cause was supported by California Humanities through the California Documentary Project.

Rebels with a Cause aired on PBS on in 2013, and continues to air on PBS in 2017.

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