• Harvard Law Taking Heat Over Upcoming Screening Of "How To Blow Up A Pipeline" — It's Not The First Time Harvard Screened The Film

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    Harvard Law School is taking heat on social media over an upcoming screening of the film "How To Blow Up A Pipeline" which has been scheduled for April 3rd at 6pm.

    Director Daniel Goldhaber, a Harvard alum, and Harvard Law Professor John Hanson will be in attendance, and moderate a discussion after the film.

    People on social media were somehow surprised that an elite school like Harvard would be promoting a film that celebrated the vandalism of critical U.S. energy supplies.

    But they shouldn't be surprised at all, especially since "environmental justice" fits neatly within the DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) ideology that Harvard seems to have thoroughly embraced.

    Also, this is not the first time the movie has been screened at Harvard.

    The film received a special screening in Harvard's Carpenter Center Theater on March 22, 2023, a couple weeks before being released to 12 theaters on April 7, 2023. It earned just over a million dollars worldwide, though the bulk of the earnings ($750k) came from the U.S.

    Goldhaber, whose parents are climate scientists, made the film in collaboration with Harvard Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies alumnus Daniel Garber ('13) who worked as the editor.

    The movie was inspired by the book of the same name. The book details the history of social justice movements, and then calls for property destruction as a completely valid tactic for the sake of achieving environmental justice. The movie puts these ideas into action, as a group of young environmental activists plan to sabotage and blow up an oil pipeline in Texas.

    Here's how Harvard describes the film:

    Part revenge thriller, part political fable of what could be an act of “productive terrorism,” How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a timely exploration of the energy of young bodies when they are set for political action, and its possible cinematographic forms.   

    Inspired by Andreas Malm’s controversial 2021 non-fiction book with the same title, where sabotage is promoted as a necessary form of climate activism at this moment of crisis, the film is an arresting call to action, full of contagious energy that moves every shot and every sound, every single one of the exceptionally directed actors, and is masterfully sustained by the editing. How to Blow Up a Pipeline premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is being screened in this series in advance of its wide U.S. theatrical release.  

    - Harvard AFVS (March 2023)

    Garber subsequently received an award for Best Editing at the 39th Film Independent Spirit Awards, where he thanked folks for taking a chance on a "radical little ecoterrorism film".

    The upcoming screening in April promises to explore the use of property damage as activist tactics and the moral consequences of such decisions.

    In light of recent positions Harvard has taken, it will be interesting to see how this conversation goes, especially now that the spotlight is on the screening.

    And for any parents still confused about how their children got transformed into radical progressive activists after attending Harvard, at least now you have a concrete example.

    Screenshot, Harvard Law School

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    Amy Williams

    Thank you- hadn’t heard about this. Goldhaber’s Climate Scientist parents must be corrupt, or graduated at the bottom of their class🤭

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