'No Man's Land'
In January 2016, a group of anti-government militants seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in rural Oregon; what started as a protest against what appeared to be an unfair prison sentencing soon became a cause celebré for the paranoid-patriots set. The fact that documentarian David Byars embedded himself among the righteous ranchers and far-right-wingers who engaged in a stand-off with federal law enforcement is extraordinary enough; that he also manages to humanize these folks while not downplaying their somewhat extreme ideology or activities is nothing short of amazing. It's one of those you-are-there docs that helps you understand why this happened – and doesn't flinch when bullets start flying. DF