If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
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Marshall Curry and Sam Culliman's absorbing and disturbing film follows the ELF's rise and fall as told through the experiences of member Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age (or is it "coming of rage"?) story and part a crime thriller as we see Daniel radicalized and then arrested with a possibility of life in prison. With ample archival footage - some of it is guaranteed to outrage - and intimate interviews with cell members, prosecutors, family members and even the detectives pursuing them, this film does not flinch from raising the hard questions about our human role in safe-guarding the environment as well as how -- and who -- defines terrorism.
It's easy to see a sensationalist news segment and dismiss the E.L.F. members as a bunch of delusional hippy radicals. It's easy to put them in a less-than-human mental category by thinking of them as "terrorists." It's much harder to see them as exactly like you and me. No different. That's why this movie is so uncomfortable, and that's why this movie is so important.
P.S. - If you appreciated this movie, you would almost certainly appreciate another one in the POV series about "domestic terrorists" called Better This World.
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This was a well-done documentary that did a good job portraying a smooth narrative using an impressive array of footage.Published 11 months ago by Christina Sampson
This is the really truth and it, hopefully, if enough people see it, shall set us all free!Published 14 months ago by David Walker
The more Activism flicks I see the more I feel human again. Thank you Marshall Curry!Published 19 months ago by Kleerworks
One of the more interesting points was how the heavy-handed responses of law enforcement to 'peaceful' civil disobedience led directly to people questioning the effectiveness of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Daniel H. Yeary
This documentary is a must see! It leaves you thinking, trying to grasp your own understanding of what is right and wrong. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Rosie Sweetman
It is eye opening and really provides a great argument. Although I think it is a little bias and does not give a fair chance to the opposing side.Published on February 1, 2014 by Jayson Baughan
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