Invisible Hand

Monday, February 24

Directors: Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa A. Troutman
Run time: 80 minutes


Joshua B. Pribanic, American film director, editor, investigative reporter and founder of the investigative news non-profit, Public Herald.

John F. Stolz, Professor, Biological Sciences and Director, Center for Enviromental Research and Education, Duquesne University


In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant's rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home through civil disobedience. The water they drink, the Rights to Nature laws they've passed are all on the line in this exclusive story.

Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth. The two, Grant Township and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.

In the end, "Who will speak for Nature?"