Invisible Hand Film Screening

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day on October 10, we are screening an award-winning film called, INVISIBLE HAND, which focuses on the Rights of Nature as advocated by Native Americans. This is a jointly sponsored film screening by Middlesex Community College, Wesleyan University, The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, the Rockfall Foundation, and the Middletown Garden Club.

The Invisible Hand screening will be at 7 p.m. at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, Wesleyan University, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT.  Directions and parking information can be found here.

Invisible Hand is a film about the Rights of Nature. As described in the film’s publicity materials, it tells stories about four communities working to defend the rights of nature:

  • in Grant Township, Pennsylvania an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist’;
  • in Toledo, Ohio a vote was passed to enact the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR), granting personhood to international waters;
  • in Standing Rock, North Dakota, an industry is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies who are fighting to protect Mother Earth; and
  • on the Pennsylvania and New York border the Seneca Nation of Indians is aligned with communities in the Triple Divide to stop radioactive fracking waste from entering Ohi:yo’ waters.

The four, Grant Township, Lake Erie Bill of Rights, Standing Rock, and Defend Ohi:yo, 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.

The film is open to the public and free of charge. Wesleyan is a vaccinated campus and full vaccination is required to attend. In addition, masks will be required in the theater. Please preregister at, and complete this form prior to attending.

Their will be a discussion after the film screening. We hope you can join us! Please phone the Conservation District office for more information at 860-346-3282.


Oct 10 2022


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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