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Intro


 

 

 

A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart.
Featuring Sandra Steingraber.

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Intro


 

 

 

A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart.
Featuring Sandra Steingraber.

A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into a an environmental war that many believe is unwinnable.

Branded a “toxic avenger” by Rolling Stone, Sandra quickly emerges as a leader of New York’s biggest grassroots movement in decades. Determined to win an uncompromising battle with the oil and gas industry, Sandra decides she must fight with her whole heart—devoting all her time, energy, and money to the cause. But as the film opens, her personal life is thrown into crisis when her husband Jeff begins having one stroke after another. She knows her family needs her at home, but Sandra can’t stop—not until she and her allies win a state-wide ban on fracking.

I know—and the people all gathered here today know—that the work we must do to ban fracking is bigger than any one of our individual tragedies. Because we are fighting for everyone’s sons and daughters and husbands and families. Because we are fighting for life itself!
— Sandra Steingraber, in a rally speech shortly after Jeff's stroke
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Fracking


 

Sandra believes that fracking (a natural gas extraction process the drills horizontally through the Earth and shatters the bedrock with water and toxic chemicals) contaminates the environment and threatens our health. For the past thirty-five years, Sandra has been trying to protect people’s heath by encouraging us to protect the environment. But her efforts have always failed. Now, as fracking threatens to come into her rural community in upstate New York, Sandra must succeed. She believes her children’s lives depend on it.

Fracking


 

Sandra believes that fracking (a natural gas extraction process the drills horizontally through the Earth and shatters the bedrock with water and toxic chemicals) contaminates the environment and threatens our health. For the past thirty-five years, Sandra has been trying to protect people’s heath by encouraging us to protect the environment. But her efforts have always failed. Now, as fracking threatens to come into her rural community in upstate New York, Sandra must succeed. She believes her children’s lives depend on it.

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Fight


 

Shot over the last year of the historic fight against fracking in New York, Unfractured offers an intimate perspective on an epic battle. We watch as Sandra debates the gas industry, delivers fiery rally speeches, and marches alongside other protestors. But when Sandra realizes that scientific evidence alone is not enough to win a ban, she visits anti-fracking activists in Romania, who have inspired her from afar. In Romania, she is trailed by unmarked cars and pepper sprayed by police. Back at home and motivated by her experiences abroad, Sandra joins with her neighbours to lead a civil disobedience campaign, is arrested for blockading a gas storage site, and is hauled away to jail.

Fight


 

Shot over the last year of the historic fight against fracking in New York, Unfractured offers an intimate perspective on an epic battle. We watch as Sandra debates the gas industry, delivers fiery rally speeches, and marches alongside other protestors. But when Sandra realizes that scientific evidence alone is not enough to win a ban, she visits anti-fracking activists in Romania, who have inspired her from afar. In Romania, she is trailed by unmarked cars and pepper sprayed by police. Back at home and motivated by her experiences abroad, Sandra joins with her neighbours to lead a civil disobedience campaign, is arrested for blockading a gas storage site, and is hauled away to jail.

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Film


Unlike other films on the issue, this documentary is not a polemic on the harms of fracking. Instead, this observational documentary is an intimate look at one activist’s convictions, hopes, and sacrifices. Ultimately, UNFRACTURED takes us through a battle of astonishing international significance and into the life and mind of a complicated and compelling woman, asking us to consider the risk and reward of activism. 

Film


Unlike other films on the issue, this documentary is not a polemic on the harms of fracking. Instead, this observational documentary is an intimate look at one activist’s convictions, hopes, and sacrifices. Ultimately, UNFRACTURED takes us through a battle of astonishing international significance and into the life and mind of a complicated and compelling woman, asking us to consider the risk and reward of activism.