Films for MLK Jr. Day

Films for MLK Jr. Day

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

SYRCL created the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to inspire activism –and we’re proud to have it on the weekend that celebrates one of the most renowned activists of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In that spirit, we invite you to check out some films at this year’s fest whose themes revolve around justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity for your viewing pleasure.

Wild & Scenic’s 20th annual festival brings together top filmmakers, activists, and social innovators to inspire environmental awareness and action. The event serves as SYRCL’s largest fundraiser, supporting their year-round work to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.

The 20th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival runs virtually through January 23rd so there is still plenty of time to get your dose of inspiration! Tickets are still available and ON SALE NOW.


  • YOUTH v GOV is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future. Featured in: Currents of Hope 1

  • Youth: Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice RealityEveryone has the right to a safe and healthy environment, yet South Africans are experiencing extreme climate and environmental injustices all around the country. In this episode of Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality, South African youth activists Caleb Kay and Lisakhanya Mathiso explore how they use their voices to bring about the change they seek – an equitable and sustainable future for all. Featured in: Currents of Hope 1

  • Black Ice features a crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym travels to the frozen wilds of Montana, where mentors Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker and Fred Campbell share their love of winter adventure in the mountains. Featured in: Inspiring Adventure 1 

  • The Ants and the Grasshopper introduces us to Anita Chitaya, who has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can inspire the stubborn men in her village to fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her community. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to the US, from America’s heartland to the halls of power, to grass roots spaces, Anita and the people she meets explore how we can “live more simply so that others can simply live.”  Featured in: The Legacy We Leave 2 

  • They/Them follows Lor, a trans climber, into the sandstone canyons of northern Arizona, on a journey to piece together one of the hardest and most inspiring routes of their life. For Lor Sabourin, climbing is more than a sport; it’s a way of exploring identity and building resilience in the face of adversity. By embracing the strength in vulnerability, Lor has found the space to thrive and build a climbing community that others like themself can call home. Featured in: Inspiring Adventure 3