Film: Bidder 70
Europa-Premiere im Rahmen von Crossroads
USA, 2012, 73min, English OV
Directed by: Beth Gage & George Gage
This inspiring documentary tells the story of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. On December 19, 2008, Tim, as Bidder 70, derailed the Bush administration's last minute, widely disputed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, acting to safeguard thousands of acres of pristine land surrounding national parks. Bidding $1.7 million, Tim won 22,000 acres of land with no intention to pay or drill. For his disruption of the auction, which has drawn national attention to US energy policy and criticism to the BLM's management of public lands, he was indicted on two federal charges. Refusing to compromise his principles and rejecting numerous plea offers by the prosecution, Tim is willing to sacrifice his own future to bring these vitally important issues to global attention. Bidder 70 is Tim's story: his actions, his trial and his possible prison sentence. It is also the story of the scientists, activists, writers, and movements that influence and support his actions. A personal portrait, the film illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in.