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Not Going Quietly


A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice.

Running Time: 95 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Current Affairs, Disability, Health, Human Rights, Law and Justice, Personal Story, Politics, Social Justice, Society
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Amanda Roddy
Cinematographer: Michael Dwyer, Nicholas Bruckman, Erin Collett, Ryder Haske, Alex Pollini, Amanda Roddy
Editor(s): Kent Bassett
Production Company: People’s Television, Duplass Brothers


    A shot of pure inspiration...Not Going Quietly has a special power.
    Nick Allen
  • Hollywood Reporter
    An unusually moving political doc...a stirring tale of activism.
    John Defore
  • IndieWire
    A visceral ode to the nature of activism under dire circumstances...Not Going Quietly is an essential guide to having an
    Eric Kohn
  • Vanity Fair
    A heartbreaking story with humor, insight and action will resonate with anyone.
    Jimmy Kimmel / Anthony Breznican

Festival Participation

  • SXSW - 2021
    Winner, Audience Award - Documentary Feature
  • SXSW - 2021
    Winner, Special Jury Recognition for Humanity in Social Action
  • Tribeca Film Festival - 2021
    Official Selection
  • Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival
    Jury Prize - Int’l Feature Competition
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - 2021
    Winner, Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award
  • Cordillera International Film Festival - 2021
    Winner, Grand Jury Award Best Documentary Award
  • Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US - 2022
    Winner, The Unforgettables
  • Critics' Choice Documentary Awards - 2021
    Winner, Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary
  • International Documentary Association - 2022
    IDA Award Nominee, Best Feature

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