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Right To Harm

A film by Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher


Through the riveting stories of five American communities, Right to Harm exposes the devastating public health impact that factory farming has on many of our country’s most disadvantaged citizens. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs – these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these citizens turned activists band together from across the country to demand justice.

Executive produced by legendary New York Times food author and activist, Mark Bittman.


Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher are the storytellers at Hourglass Films behind the 2016 documentary, Sustainable. The film was a passion project for them, combining their roles as food activists with their talents as documentary filmmakers. Sustainable was screened at 40+ film festivals around the world and won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. Their past work includes the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary Different is the New Normal, which aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox.

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Associated Members

Matt Wechsler, Independent Filmmaker


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation