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Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought - and succeeded - against enormous odds. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to fighting toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace to Chico Mendes; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, A Fierce Green Fire is "nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself." (Los Angeles Times)

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Truly riveting. A sweeping history of the environmental movement, 'A Fierce Green Fire' is both a cautionary tale and a triumphant one. --The Washington Post

Powerful & stirring! A worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved. --Los Angeles Times

Melding history, science, and up-to-the minute urgency, 'A Fierce Green Fire' is a clarion call that's passionate and provocative. --Boston Globe

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende
  • Directors: Mark Kitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DGYF4RG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Fierce Green Fire" on IMDb

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By Roland E. Zwick on October 6, 2013
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"A Fierce Green Fire," a documentary in five acts, chronicles the history of the environmental movement, beginning in the early years of the 20th Century and running through the present day.

Written and directed by Mark Kitchell, the movie, based on the book by Phillip Shabecoff, divides its subject into sections entitled "Conservation," "Pollution," "Alternatives," "Going Global" and "Climate Change," each hosted by a different narrator (Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabelle Allende, Meryl Streep, respectively). The movie provides a fascinating and informative survey of the people and events that, for more than a hundred years, have helped to raise the world's consciousness regarding the harm humans are inflicting on nature and the planet. More importantly, the movie shows that people can achieve great things against nearly impossible odds when they work together in a common cause. It also illustrates how the environmental movement and the social justice movement dovetailed over time into a single entity.

By interviewing many of the movers and shakers over the decades who have dedicated their lives to preserving the environment, the movie functions as an indispensable time capsule for future generations to see how people were able to rise up and make a difference. However, the movie also makes it clear that there is still a great deal more that needs to be done, particularly in the areas of global warming and climate change. And here is where the film turns much more pessimistic, pointing out the many seemingly intractable obstacles to rational action that have been thrown up by industrial, governmental and right wing ideological forces, particularly in the United States, since the 1980s.
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This film begins with Love Canal where children were getting sick because of water pollution, followed by Green Peace, which saved the lives of whales, followed by Chico Mendes in Brazil who fought the destruction of the rain forest and concludes with the battle between politicians and oil companies to combat global warming. Unfortunately, the battles continue around the world to save the planet. Don't miss this one..
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Come on America, lets support all enviromental,and EPA efforts. North Dakota once a beautiful refuge of wildlife, ranches and rolling farmland is becoming, a DUMP for the oil industry. No evaporation ponds, thanks to former Vice President Cheney. People not desposing of Radio Active filters properly. Trains moving oil Exploding. We are the highest in workplace deaths in the country. Yes race here for high pay and an Early Death, thats the american way isnt it ??? The medical facilitys are broken... The educational system is broken...Yes living here with the advertising saying OIL CAN ! Should say come roll in it, oh i forgot to mention the man camps to live in? Doesnt it sound great!!! Breath and Eat Oil.......then die.
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Prior to this documentary, the debate centering on environmentalism has often been between warring factions which make the Wars of the Roses of the 15th century look tame by comparison. Each vilifies the other. The more conservative (ironically) who believe in complete free enterprise and capitalism without hindrance have labeled the environmentalists quacks and anti-capitalistic, and therefore "Un-American". Particularly figures like James Watt who was the Secretary of the Interior from 1981 to 1983 under the Reagan Administration felt that environmentalists were delusional in their perspectives, prompting Reagan to say of them "They won't be happy to until the Whitehouse is a bird's nest", which is of course wasn't true at all. Simultaneously, some "Green" activists have accused capitalists of being beholden to only moneyed and corporate interests. Corporations have argued that high regulation of business will stifle the free market and compromise jobs and incomes. The "Greens" have argued that if we destroy our planet's habitability, through Global Warming, we will have no planet upon which to exist and create, be it housing, cars, or corporations, etc. If the human species is extinct, there will be no capitalism in other words.

Strangely, prior to 2012, there hadn't been a documentary which tells the full tale of the environmentalist movement, why they came to believe what they believe, and why they have protested as vehemently as they have. Films like "An Inconvenient Truth" have successfully made the case why Global Warming threatens the existence of the Earth but there hadn't been a film explaining the history of the movement. "A Fierce Green Fire" has filled the gap.
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This is a great overview of the environmental movement in the US. I used it as an introduction to an environmental economics course. It was a great piece to allow students to understand where the movement started, the political processes involved, and where we are today. I highly recommend it.
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In just a couple of hours you get a very close look to a timeline of the environmental movement of the last decades.
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