If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
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IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT is the remarkable story of the group's rise and fall told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (STREET FIGHT, RACING DREAMS) weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF, creating a film that is equal parts coming-of-age tale and cops-and-robbers thriller. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them IF A TREE FALLS asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism. BONUS FEATURES: Feature length audio commentary with director Marshall Curry, co-director Sam Cullman, and editor Matthew Hamachek Deleted Scenes Extended Interviews
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As an environmentalist, peaceful activist, and documentary film lover, I actually loved watching this movie. It clearly shows how brutal and abusive the police reacts against the people they are supposed to protect in order to protect the establishment, clearly stating who they are here to protect and serve. It shows how good human beings can commit acts of hardcore vandalism when understood that our well being is at stake, and that non-violent actions are not solving the problem. It also shows how some of the people that are in the business of exploiting the natural resources are not "evil", they just don't know any better, and their dependence on such business make them bias and blind to the real consequences of their actions.
Though I must agree that it does becomes very apologetic and narrow sighted towards the end, which gives the viewers the perception that the environmental movement was too radical and failed to send the message. It also ignores the fact that we have continued to extract more than it can be sustainably replenished by nature, which is proof of our collective stupidity, and has to stop.
The reality is that intelligent and good hearted people often get overwhelmed by the so many crimes against nature (including people) being committed on a daily basis, and some act out of desperation to stop such brutal and mindless exploitation from happening.
As a Global Sustainability student at UCLA, and great admirer of peace, science and reason, I understand that our society is in a self-destructing path. You don't need to be a genius or an "idealistic" to get to such conclusion, after all we are living in the "Information Age", all you have to do is search for the hard facts, and you will find an overwhelming amount of evidence for it. It's been scientifically proven to us that we have to dramatically change the way we interact with nature, so that our next generations can dream about having a future. We as incredibly powerful human beings have the moral responsibility to care for our next generations. Political and "economic" excuses won't work. Greed and exploitation has to end.
The environmental movement never stopped. It's been growing exponentially on every part of the globe, and when the matter is survival, like any other animal people will become violent, and do anything they can, using whatever means necessary to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.