The Art of Rebellion is a film that follows LA-based street artist, activist, and single mother, Lydia Emily, as she defies a crippling diagnosis that threatens to take away her livelihood. Fighting against an unforgiving healthcare system while she battles the symptoms of progressive multiple sclerosis, Lydia ties paintbrushes to her failing hands to create large-scale works of creative resistance.
“I can’t sing. I can’t write,” she says. “But I can paint.”
Over time, the portrait of Lydia that emerges is one of a tough, tender, indomitable force of nature, plagued by hospital bills, buoyed by medication, never silenced. As access to healthcare in America comes under significant threat, The Art of Rebellion presents the story of a woman whose life underscores just how urgently we need universal health coverage, better treatment options, prevention, and support.
Director & Cinematography
Daniel J. Clark, Chris G. Parkhurst
Kate Amend, Douglas Blush