A Force of Nature

Ellen Ratner, the award-winning journalist and philanthropist, defies easy description but never shies away from lending a strong opinion as a fierce advocate of free speech and social justice.A Force of Nature celebrates Ellen’s life and work. This documentary portrays an impassioned crusader driven to ease the suffering of others, a woman characterized by her friends as “being out to change the world.”

A Force of Nature is told through Ellen’s work, following her as she travels from home base in Washington, DC, to hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, to war-torn South Sudan. A Force of Nature offers a rare perspective, revealing the passions that keep her reaching for a better tomorrow.

Featuring her friends, family and political peers, as well as the people she is dedicated to helping, A Force of Nature tells the inspiring story of how one, unapologetically committed person can make a difference and help others do the same.

46 min. HDV. Color.
Barbara Kopple: Director and Producer