Denial – 10:00 am UNS – 92 mins


Satuday 10:00 am UNS

92 min.

McNabb /Connolly, 2016

Filmmaker: Derek Hallquist

Every day our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but the problem is easy to ignore. We often find it difficult to face change. We’d rather be in denial.

David Hallquist, CEO of a Vermont utility, has made it his mission to take on one of the US’s largest contributors to this global crisis, the outdated and vulnerable electric grid. But when his filmmaker son, Derek, tries to tell his father’s story, the film is soon derailed by a family secret that can no longer be denied. David is a trans-woman. With stunning access to intimate family moments and behind-the-scenes energy deals, and with unique humour in the face of overwhelming events, Denial manages to present insights into two important topics – one global and one personal – and at the same time to throw light on the messy business of change.

Audience Award, Yale Environmental Film Festival