Is there a LaVoy Finicum documentary on Netflix? Daughter shares story

Bruno Cooke November 30, 2022
Is there a LaVoy Finicum documentary on Netflix? Daughter shares story
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Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s daughter Challice started sharing her father’s story on TikTok on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, but are there any documentaries about him on Netflix, or available to stream online elsewhere?

Challice isn’t the only Finicum family member to take it upon themselves to continue LaVoy’s legacy. – listen to her talking about her later father on TikTok here.

His widow, Jeanette Finicum, toured Oregon in 2019 with a documentary about her late husband. 

Is it available to stream online now, in 2022, and are there any other ways to learn about the late political activist?

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Is there a LaVoy Finicum documentary on Netflix, or streamable online elsewhere?

No, Netflix doesn’t have any documentaries about LaVoy Finicum currently available to stream. Based on searching Netflix itself, and searching using the unofficial Netflix online Global Search tool, there are no documentary films about the life and death of LaVoy on the platform – in any country.

There are, however, two documentaries about him out there somewhere.

One is called LaVoy: Dead Man Talking. It is a four-part documentary by Mark Herr and Jeanette Finicum, LaVoy’s widow. Find the trailer below.

The other is No Man’s Land. It was David Garrett Byars’ directorial debut, and premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. PBS produced it. But is either LaVoy Finicum documentary available to stream online, if not via Netflix?

Is LaVoy: Dead Man Talking available to watch online?

Yes. Jeanette Finicum’s documentary about her late husband LaVoy is available to stream online. You can rent it for a 48-hour streaming period via Vimeo On Demand. At least, episode 1 is available to rent. There are four in total. Find it here.

It costs $9.99 to rent the film. Its running time is one hour and 11 minutes. Per its description, in episode 1, “LaVoy explains to you, in his own words, why he stood up to what he felt was a ‘government bully’ and describes, in detail, each and every decision he makes along the way.”

Half of the $9.99 download price goes to Jeanette Finicum. The other half goes to the Center For Self Governance, which produced the film. 

If you’d rather watch it on DVD, you can buy it for $20 from the Center For Self Governance website. Alternatively, you can buy the whole LaVoy: Dead Man Talking documentary collection (episodes 1 through 4) for $60 here.

Photo credit should read ROB KERR/AFP via Getty Images

Can you stream PBS’ LaVoy Finicum documentary No Man’s Land online?

“With unfettered access,” reads the documentary’s blurb on the PBS website, “filmmaker David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities during a 41-day siege.” 

It continues: “No Man’s Land documents the occupation from inception to demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement, attempting to uncover what draws Americans – the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic – to the edge of revolution.”

The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, where it received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature. It then aired as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series on May 7, 2018.

No Man’s Land began streaming online on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, via the PBS website. But it is no longer available to watch online via this channel. However, with the spike in interest in LaVoy Finicum’s story – thanks in part to his daughter Challice’s activity on TikTok – there is a chance PBS will put the documentary back online, or even that Netflix will find a way to add it to its roster.

Who was LaVoy Finicum and why was he shot?

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was a member of a militia group that called themselves the Citizens For Constitutional Freedom (C4CF). The group’s name later changed to People For Constitutional Freedom (P4CF).

They occupied the US Fish And Wildlife Service’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Oregon, from January 2, 2016 to February 11, 2016.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on March 11, 2016, that two Oregon state police officers had shot and killed LaVoy Finicum on January 26 of that year.

An investigation that followed found the shooting to be “justified,” per the same paper. Among the reasons were reports that he “appeared multiple times to reach his right hand toward his left side.”

The FBI alleged he had a “loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun” there.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.