Thurs 13 July | 20:30 | Pálás Screen 3

2022 | USA | 79’ | Documentary

The Art of Rebellion is a film that follows LA-based street artist, activist, and single mother, Lydia Emily, as she defies a crippling diagnosis that threatens to take away her livelihood. Fighting against an unforgiving healthcare system while she battles the symptoms of progressive multiple sclerosis, Lydia ties paintbrushes to her failing hands to create large-scale works of creative resistance. Over time, the portrait of Lydia that emerges is one of a tough, tender, indomitable force of nature, plagued by hospital bills, buoyed by medication, never silenced. And even as her disease progresses, Lydia persists, declaring, “I dare you to make this my last year, I love my life – try and take it from me.”

Irish Premiere

Director: Libby Spears
Producers: Libby Spears, Abigail Disney

Principal funder