7.7/10 (IMDB)

Bring Your Own Brigade

2h 00m Documentary
Bring Your Own Brigade
Bring Your Own Brigade


In early November 2018, raging wildfires killed 88 residents and destroyed tens of thousands of homes in the cities of Malibu and Paradise, two very different California communities. In her new verité documentary, two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker captures the heroism and horror of that unfathomable disaster. Her character-driven exposé, Bring Your Own Brigade, also answers a question humanity can no longer afford to ignore: Why are catastrophic wildfires increasing in number and severity around the world, and can anything be done to lessen the staggering death and destruction they cause? Drawing on hundreds of hours of astonishing wildfire footage and featuring interviews with survivors, firefighters and scientists, the film reveals that short of solving global warming there are numerous, often simple steps that can be taken to not only mitigate the catastrophic devastation caused by wildfires, but restore health and balance to woodlands that have been mismanaged for far too long. But does society have what it takes to put aside short-term interests and outmoded thinking to confront a crisis that's quite literally burning our world to the ground?


Lucy Walker


Marily Woodhouse






United States



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  • "Lucy Walker's powerful documentary raises bedeviling questions with fresh compassion and refreshing humility."
    - Variety
  • "A civics lesson that never loses sight of the human cost, BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE is sprawling and perhaps Walker's most ambitious undertaking to date."
    - The Film Stage
  • "The resultant work is at once vital and engaging while too often veering into the maudlin and repetitive."
    - POV Magazine


  • Sundance Film Festival