How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Violence and the Politics of Climate — a Film Screening and Discussion

BISR Central
68 Jay Street, #425
Brooklyn, NY 11201

When is violence a justified or necessary response to climate crisis? How to Blow Up a Pipeline, Daniel Goldhaber’s 2022 action thriller, puts a human face on this question—taking up both the violence that is wrought on bodies, communities, and ecologies by the fossil fuel industry and the violence that emerges strategically as a form of protest against it. Based on Andreas Malm’s eponymous non-fiction text arguing for defensive violence (the climate crisis is already itself a form of violence, after all), Goldhaber’s film dramatizes the ethical, political, and material stakes underwriting Malm’s case with an experiment in how such a thing could possibly play out. 

Join us Friday, December 8th, at BISR Central, for a special screening of How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Following the screening, BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, R.H. Lossin, and Isi Litke will sit down for an in-depth discussion that takes Goldhaber’s film, Malm’s text, and Ajay’s forthcoming book, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World, as a starting point for thinking broadly and critically about climate change and violence. How is climate crisis already a form of violence—and what justifies violence in response? What is the history of violence in the context of climate, and what is its future? Is violence what the climate crisis demands  to sufficiently politicize—and prioritize—the problem? Is it the only reasonable antidote to despair? 

The event is free to attend, with suggested $10 donation. Beer, wine, seltzer, and snacks will be served. Doors open at 6:45pm; the screening will begin at 7pm sharp. The post-screening discussion will also stream to the BISR Facebook page (beginning at approximately 8:45pm). Please RSVP below.

Event Schedule

Friday, 7:00pm ET
December 08, 2023


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