Not Going Quietly
Not Going Quietly (2021)

A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan's life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 13, 2021
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2021
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Consensus: Not Going Quietly uses its subject's remarkable story to offer an uplifting tribute to the way an individual voice can lead to activism and collective change.

Cody Song
Austin Chronicle

The film shines when we get to see Barkan as a fully formed figure. This is not solely a somber portrait of a dying man.

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Teo Bugbee
New York Times

It is a warm and generous portrait, but the film lacks its central organizer's propulsive shrewdness.

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Harvey S. Karten
Big Apple Reviews

Will convince you that our government should spend more on medical research.

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Tomris Laffly

Director Nicholas Bruckman honors Barkan's work despite escalating struggles with ALS in a traditional yet surprisingly uplifting fashion.

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Simon Abrams

What's most impressive about "Not Going Quietly" is that these considerable victories appear to have been earned according to Bruckman and Roddy's footage and not just based on selective quotes they pull from CNN's coverage.

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Sean P. Means
The Movie Cricket

A celebration of Barkan's indomitable spirit, and the power of determination and righteous activism. If you're looking for a hero, here's a good place to start.

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Nell Minow

We are lucky to have this film to speak for [Barkan].

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Eric Kohn

Not every rally or speech leads to overnight change, but when Barkan speaks, people listen.

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Dennis Harvey
48 Hills

Not Going Quietly is an unusually cheering (as well as poignant) activist portrait, because its immensely likable subject refuses to be bowed despite much cause for despair...

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