Invisible Hand

Invisible Hand – Rights of Nature

Produced by award-winning actor, director and producer Mark Ruffalo, Invisible Hand takes you behind the curtain of the global economy in the world’s first documentary film on the ‘Rights of Nature’ movement, poised as “capitalism’s one true opponent.” In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist’ in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home through civil disobedience.

Follow along as activists leaving Standing Rock are rejoined on the Pennsylvania and New York border where the Seneca Nation of Indians aligns with communities in the Triple Divide to stop radioactive fracking waste from entering Ohi:yo’ waters. All as Terry Pegula, owner of Buffalo Bills and Sabres, threatens to sue the filmmakers and whoever continues to speak out about his oil and gas company and their efforts.

The four, Grant Township, Lake Erie Bill of Rights, Defend Oh:yo’ and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.

“Scenes from Invisible Hand live with me. It captures a spirit and resilience we all need.” Professor & Author, Larry Smith

Awards and Nominations

The Hollywood Verge Film Awards, 2021, Best Documentary Feature, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards’, 2021, Gold Award,
Accolade Global Film Competition, 2021, Award of Excellence for Documentary,
Common Good International Film Festival, 2021, Audience Award
Telly Awards, 2021, Gold Winner, Non-broadcast Feature Documentary
Colorado Activism Film Festival, 2021, Best Feature Documentary
Accolade Global Film Competition, 2020 Grand Prize, Humanitarian Award


Joshua Boaz Pribanic &
Melissa A. Troutman



Film Details

2020, 85 Min
United States