Disobedience is the story of the struggle to save the world.

Disobedience tells the David vs Goliath tales of front line leaders around the world risking life and limb in the fight for a liveable climate.

Interwoven with this riveting verité footage are the most renowned voices in the global conversation around social movements and climate justice for a series that is personal, passionate and powerful.

The stakes could not be higher, nor the missions more critical.

  • Naomi Klein – author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
  • Bill McKibben – author, activist and co-founder of 350.org
  • Lidy Nacpil – Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD).
  • Marshall Ganz – Trainer, organizer and senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Ricken Patel – Executive Director and Founder, Avaaz.org
  • Ferrial Adam – Africa and Arab World team leader, 350.org

A Disobedient Production

  • Director – Kelly Nyks
  • Producers – Kelly Nyks, Tad Fettig, Hypatia Porter and Jared Scott
  • Executive Producer Valda Witt
  • Director of Photography – Tad Fettig
  • Editor – Hypatia Porter
  • Assistant Editor & Associate Producer – Jonathan Rapoport
  • Original Music – Malcolm Francis
  • Sound Mix – Matt Rocker
  • Color Correct – Josh Kanuck
  • Graphics – Garry Waller & Steven LaMorte
  • Additional Editors – Rafael Cruz & Sara Ballesteros
  • Researcher – Nicole Suliteanu
  • Interns – Lynnese Page & Meghan Kennedy

Key funding and support provided by Conservation Media Group


Kelly Nyks is an award-winning writer/director of narrative and documentary films and has worked across Europe, Asia, and America.

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, currently in broad theatrical release (70+ markets) to widespread critical acclaim (NY Times Critics Pick; Rotten Tomatoes 90% rating), had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and European premiere at IDFA. Further feature directing titles include DISRUPTION, DO THE MATH, SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE and SPLIT: A DIVIDED AMERICA. Short-format titles include DO THE MATH (Al Jazeera America), MONEY IS MATERIAL (The Avant Garde Diaries), THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF (PBS; GE Focus Forward Winner, Sundance) and IMPOSSIBLE (mb!).

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES, an unflinching look at the security implications of anthropogenic climate change, will world premiere at HotDocs in May of 2016 and European Premiere at Sheffield DocFest. LAST MAN STANDING IN THE DELTA, the story of Delta blues frontman, Cedell Davis, recording with legends of the Seattle rock scene scene including Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Peter Buck (REM), Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), is in post-production.

A sought-after commentator, Kelly has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Huffington Post Live, Fox News, PBS, MTV, Al Jazeera America, has written opinion pieces for the Huffington Post and RealScreen, among others, and participated as a panelist & jury member at festivals across the country, including SXSW and DOCNYC.

He is currently Artist in Residence at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.


Tad Fettig is an award-winning director/cinematographer/producer who covers environmental, social, and spiritual issues, from shooting Liberia’s civil war to capturing the spirit of the Shipibo Shamans in Peru. From 1993 to 2002 he was a freelance commercial producer, creating national campaigns for corporations such as Levi’s, Nike, and Northface. In 2003 he produced the feature film DOPAMINE, winner of the Alfred P. Sloane Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.In 2004, he launched kontentreal with the award-winning series, E2: DESIGN, ENERGY, and TRANSPORT, for PBS/Sundance Channel/international markets.

The E2 series ran for three years in the US market and continues to run in Europe and Asia. Tad has directed and filmed projects for the Sundance Channel: ECOIST and Discovery: FAST FORWARD and CITIES. Feature documentaries include BON: MENRI TO MUSTANG, and BON IN DOLPO, about ancient wisdom of dying cultures; THE ART AND RITUAL OF DEATH, on the spiritual significant of various cultural funerals; and AUSANGATE, a story of the Quechua Indians that live in the Peruvian region of that name. Projects currently in production including LAST MAN STANDING IN THE DELTA – the American story of the blues, pain and perseverance and HUNTING FOR HEALERS, searching the world for the last great indigenous Healers.

Run Time: 41 Minutes

Release Date: April 29th, 2016

Distribution: worldwide launch on April 30th with hundreds of self-organized watch-parties, screenings at independent cinemas, and hundreds of thousands of online views.

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