2021 Gold Telly Awarded to Rights of Nature Documentary INVISIBLE HAND


The must-see Rights of Nature documentary INVISIBLE HAND joins winners such as Jennifer Garner, Netflix, HBO, RadicalMedia, and Nickelodeon after winning Gold in the 2021 Telly Awards. From a selection of over 12,000 entries, INVISIBLE HAND received the top prize Gold Award in the Documentary non-broadcast category.

The Telly Awards “honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.”

INVISIBLE HAND is revered as “paradigm-shifting” and “unlike any film” that dives into a new perspective to address the ever-present climate emergency — giving Nature rights. The film features the Rights of Nature movement, a new legal paradigm where communities acknowledge Nature’s inalienable rights — an act honoring the beliefs of indigenous cultures.

“It’s an honor to be receiving a Telly. It speaks to how powerful and hopeful The Rights Of Nature is and can be. Giving Mother Nature her own inalienable rights will bring balance and a legal framework to fight for what we all hold sacred and revere in one sense or another,” says Mark Ruffalo, Executive Producer of INVISIBLE HAND.

“Who doesn’t love a tree, meadow, forest, lake, ocean or river? Who doesn’t stand in wonder and awe of their beauty and power to heal and give life? Why wouldn’t we protect these things the same way we do the people that need them, draw life from them and simply enjoy them?” asks Ruffalo.

The film’s Co-Director Joshua Pribanic says, “This is a testimony to the Rights of Nature. If we want to build a new world we have to start with acknowledging Nature’s rights and putting kin at the center of decision-making. I’m honored to receive this award as one small step of an international movement working to make that vision possible.”

“As a storyteller, I’m continuously inspired by the Rights of Nature movement. It offers a game-changing shift in power away from private interests and into communities, and it decrees Nature as a living entity, not as mere ‘property.’ It seems that, without these fundamental changes in our social systems, the climate movement will struggle to succeed,” reflects Co-Director Melissa A. Troutman.