Bidder 70 (2012)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social Issues  |   Release Date - May 17, 2013 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A cautionary yet inspirational tale of civil disobedience, Bidder 70 offers a fascinating look at the clash between activism and modern politics by detailing the grueling legal struggle endured by Tim DeChristopher, who spent two years in prison for bidding $1.7 million for 22 acres of land in Utah at a controversial Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction, though he had no intentions of paying. A University of Utah economics student at the time, DeChristopher put his future on the line to block plans by gas-industry power players to drill on the land, signaling the beginning of a five-year legal battle that encouraged a national dialogue on the topic of environmental preservation.

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activism, auction, civil-disobedience, prison