Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot
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Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot

82 min.
United Kingdom
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Extinction Rebellion is a direct action group against climate change. A thriller about the origins of the movement, the battle of egos and generational clashes.


Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot
Executive Production
Kevin Macdonald, Lisa Marie Russo, Jess Search, Sandra Whipham
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Kat Mansoor
Original title
Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sánchez Bellot y Amy Newstead
Michael Nollet
Wayne Roberts
Sound design
Rick Blything
Plume Films
Sound recording
Nikky French

In 2018, the environmental movement saw the emergence of a new collective committed to direct action and civil disobedience. The film shows the origins of Extinction Rebellion for the first time. The unprecedented access to the core group portrays the initial euphoria, the moral dilemmas and the increasing conflicts in making consensual decisions as the movement grows. Internal tension converges with police and political pressure to destabilize the collective. An intense thriller about the origins of the collective, the battle of egos, the ideals and the generational clash. Inspiring, dramatic and fast-paced.

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About the direction
Maia Kenworthy

Maia Kenworthy


Maia is an independent documentary filmmaker from London. She has directed and produced films for ch...

Elena Sánchez Bellot

Elena Sánchez Bellot


Elena is a Spanish filmmaker based in London. She is a self-shooting director and editor, keen on ca...

Awards and festivals

IDFA, Amsterdam, World Premiere
Netherlands, 2021
Docpoint Helsinki
Finland, 2022
Human International Documentary Film Festival, Oslo
Norway, 2022
Glasgow Film Festival, UK Premiere
United Kingdom, 2022
Denmark, 2022
One World, Prague
Czech Republic, 2022
Movies That Matter, The Hague
Netherlands, 2022
Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Poland, 2022
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York, Opening Night
United States, 2022
Castlemaine Documentary Festival
Australia, 2022
Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot
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How an unlikely bunch of grassroots activists changed the face of climate-change protest in Britain forever

— The Guardian - Cath Clarke

This film does an impressive job of charting a remarkable period of time when ordinary people took a stand and demanded to be heard

— Business Doc Europe - Mark Adams

Rebellion skilfully follows both the public actions and inner tensions of XR

— Modern Times Review - Nick Holdsworth
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