Arrested (Again)


Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?

In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, Inc. She began protesting in New York City and her native Rhode Island as well as the greater New England area, and now lives in San Francisco, with her wife, Peg Stevenson.


Dan Goldes          Director         

Director Biography


Dan's first film, "ub2", about language related to HIV, was an official selection of 37 U.S. and international festivals, while his second, "Equal Justice Under Law", about the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality decision, played at 20 festivals around the world. Dan is currently in production on "5 Blocks", a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and has served on the screening committees of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Festival. He is currently in the incubator program at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

Director Statement

"Arrested Again" ties Karen Topakian's long history of nonviolent civil disobedience to today's political situation. With a President unlike any the country has ever known, the constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully is now more important than ever.