The Reluctant Radical – A Journey of Climate Activism

The Reluctant Radical, a new film about local climate activist Ken Ward, is having its Portland premier at the EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm. Co-sponsored by 350PDX, it explores the complexity of a life dedicated to activism, including the personal costs and questions that can arise when one is trying everything they can to stop the destruction of the planet. Portland filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel and co-producer Deia Schlosberg will attend and do a Q&A session after the film. Pre-film music by the Road Sodas, and an after party at Columbia River Brewing are also planned.

As someone who is deeply committed to the exploration of the emotional and spiritual experiences of people concerned about the effects of climate change and related injustices, I’m glad for this portrait of Ken that goes beyond the image of activist as hero, and explores the inner world of one choosing to following his moral calling. All of us called to activism have to find a way to navigate the feelings, conflicts, and relationships affected by our choices to act. This film offers one committed person’s experience on that journey.

View the trailer here.

Learn more about the even and get your tickets here.


Written by: Barbara Ford