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Rebels With A Cause

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the vast coastal lands saved in this hard-fought campaign. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, "Rebels With A Cause" charts how a battle over land changed the American landscape forever.
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Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the vast coastal lands saved in this hard-fought campaign. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, "Rebels With A Cause" charts how a battle over land changed the American landscape forever.

Airs Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, "Rebels With A Cause" spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development.

In doing so, they brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years.

Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. "Rebels With A Cause" documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

"Rebels With A Cause" is on Facebook. Visit rebelsdocumentary.org to purchase a copy of this film.

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