Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler's BAD PRESS, which world premiered at Sundance, chronicles a political battle over media freedom that resonates well beyond the Native American communities depicted. When the Muscogee Nation government abruptly repeals its landmark Free Press Act to muzzle the tribe’s hard-hitting news outlet, defiant and foul-mouthed journalist Angel Ellis charges headfirst into a historic (and surprisingly funny) battle to restore her tribe’s press freedoms. An enthralling, edge-of-your-seat nail biter that unfurls with the energy and suspense of a political thriller, BAD PRESS is a timely and unprecedented documentary about a lone journalist fighting a corrupt system for her fellow citizens. BAD PRESS unravels as a cautionary tale that has an impact not unlike watching the rise of similar anti-transparency policies and politicians elsewhere of late.


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