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Rollbacks, An Assault Against Life on Earth

An eye opening encounter with the environmental protections that Trump has rolled back since taking office. The disturbing surprise is that the Trump administration has managed (efficiently and under the radar) to rollback 98 policies and laws that were in place to protect planet earth.

  • Anne Macksoud
    Director
    25 social, environmental,economic justice documentaries
  • John Ankele
    Director
    25 social, environmental,economic justice documentaries
  • Anne Macksoud
    Writer
  • John Ankele
    Writer
  • Anne Macksoud
    Producer
  • John Ankele
    Producer
  • Jay Beaudoin
    crew
    Videographer
  • Hamilton Gillet
    crew
    Narrator
  • Eugene Friesen
    crew
    Composer/Cellist
  • Michael Zsoldos
    crew
    Composer/Saxophonist
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • COP 25
    Madrid
    Spain
    December 13, 2019
    Primiere
Director Biography - Anne Macksoud , John Ankele

John Ankele and Anne Macksoud (Old Dog Documentaries) teamed up almost 35 years ago based on their shared interest in films that inspire both dialogue and action. Based in New York City and Vermont, they have done 22 major projects on Social, Economic and Environmental Justice. Their films have been aired regularly on PBS. Additionally ABC, CBS , The United Nations, The Smithsonian and on Capitol Hill.
Their award winning 2014 film, “The Wisdom to Survive” explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.

Their most recent film, ROLLBACKS: An Assault Against Life on Earth, is being offered free of charge (olddogdocumentaries.org) to better reach their intended audience of students, parents, academics, nonprofit organizations, faith leaders and climate activists but also non-activists—anyone who wants a clear, concise view of the Trump Administration's efforts to destroy environmental protections.

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Director Statement

We are two “old dogs” saddened by the suffering we see all around us and moved to take action. Since 1985, we have produced and directed documentary films about the subtleties of individual human experience and the complexities of our collective challenges.

Our political leaders cannot solve the problems of our time. They themselves are too beholden to privileged, powerful constituencies motivated to preserve the status quo. Change must start with ordinary people who understand the interrelatedness of our global community. Ordinary people have the will, resourcefulness, and compassion to craft new solutions serving our common good.

We offer our films as catalysts for this kind of solution— as tools for education and activism in the name of social change. We invite you to watch them at home, show them to your friends, share them with your classes and your community. We are happy to answer questions, provide additional resource materials, and suggest ways of using our films that will support your own efforts to nurture and protect this world we share.