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The Yes Men
Almost no one uses humour to such powerful effect as The Yes Men, the American pranksters who over the span of almost 20 years have become legendary for their acts of guerrilla activism, which take on the sins of corporate and governmental giants through impersonations, stunts, and fake press releases.
Whether it’s making a false announcement as the CEOs of Shell, embarrassing the Canadian government for its policies or sporting inflatable plastic balls to warn against the cost of inaction against climate change, The Yes Men expose the abuses and absurdities of the powerful, and have fun while doing it.
This year they appeared at the Berlinale with their third feature film, The Yes Men Are Revolting, in which we see the Yes Men using all of their creative might to fight the institutions responsible for obstructing action on climate change, and get to see a more open, vulnerable side of the duo as well.
The film won second prize in the Panorama audience choice award. I caught up with Yes Men Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos (aka Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) along with their collaborator and fellow director Laura Nix, to speak with them about the film and the role that humour can play in activism.