Directed by Dale Beaumont-Brown (Norfolk, UK)
Winner of Best Feature Documentary 2016
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The history of cannabis prohibition is one of political corruption, classism, racism and above all greed. There are countless examples of governments and corporate lobbyists using criminalization to control populations by maintaining a climate of fear. At the heart of the movement for decriminalization then, lies a desire to give ordinary people control over their own lives again – to empower them to make the right decision about what is best for their body.
GrassRoots – a documentary from local studio Elixir Media Production and Norwich-based director Dale Beaumont-Brown – shows us how the state has terrorized innocent people for attempting to improve the quality of their living, people struggling with unimaginable pain persecuted for using a natural remedy to make their daily lives bearable. There are arguments from scientific, economic, legal and political viewpoints that could be used to justify legalizing cannabis, medicinal or otherwise – but the most commendable aspect of this film is that it doesn’t focus on the received wisdom of politicians, lawyers, scientists or economists. Instead, it focuses chiefly on depicting the extraordinary courage of ordinary people in the face of unjust laws – and encourages us to stand with them. That is the life-blood of change, and that is what makes this film radical.
While we have maintained that one of our festival’s fundamental cornerstones is to promote film makers and film production in Norfolk and East Anglia, we are proud to uphold that commitment by presenting Dale Beaumont Brown’s ‘GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution’. – Festival Director Jack Brindelli
“I still find it amusing that the majority of modern day citizens frown upon use of a plant that has been used for centuries for a variety of practical uses, but looks the other way at an over medicated, over funded pharmaceutical industry that only puts band aids on symptoms, and never promotes overall wellness. Because God forbid, a natural medicine that a person can grow on their own would cut into all those neat little profits large companies make. Also, the long-standing stigma that people who smoke marijuana are less than intelligent or must be a stoner video game player who can only mumble “duh”must end. Meanwhile, over-medicated seniors and children become more and more dependent on overpriced, over-prescribed drugs, and the epidemic of alcohol abusers who partake in their own self medication at pubs and bars then recklessly drive and cause casualties across the Western world continues…but I digress…
Medical marijuana is an issue that I don’t even think needs a debate. What are governments scared of? Why then are Valium and other prescription medications not measured by the same yard -stick? After society sees that the “Reefer Madness” days are long gone and that the “anti”-arguments are inane, maybe people can finally partake recreationally without being labelled as a “Beavis and Butthead” and not feel shamed to admit they smoke a joint now and then after work just as if one would enjoy a glass of wine.” – Director of Programming Prof. Alexandra Nakelski