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June 19–25, 2015

Chicago Premiere

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Film still: The Yes Men Are Revolting
"The Yes Men Are Revolting becomes the rare film to tackle how exhausting and dispiriting activism can be"
  —AV Club
3 stars "It never shies away from exposing the group's failures and internal tensions, which provide some of the film's most thoughtful moments in the form of genuine self-criticism and reflection on the ultimate viability of their methods"
  —Slant Magazine
Recommended "Often as melancholy as its largely inspired agitprop is comical"
  —NewCity Chicago

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but quick wits and thrift-store suits, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world.

Despite an impressive back catalogue of stunts that includes posing as government officials of the US Chamber of Commerce, doubts are setting in. The stress of nurturing personal relationships presents greater complications to their lifestyle, giving rise to tensions that threaten to fracture the duo's long partnership. Even as they question their future, they move forward with one more daring action, gathering a roomful of defense contractors and government officials under absurdly false pretenses.

In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix The World), their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever, even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they've ever faced: climate change. Together with their filmmaking collaborator Laura Nix, the Yes Men show us the emotional highs and lows that accompany the hard graft of activism.

Directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men, 2014, U.S.A., 90 mins.


  • Fri., June 19 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 20 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 21 at 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 22–25 at 7 & 9 pm
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