If A Tree Falls

If A Tree Falls

A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

DVD - 2011
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The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat, ' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Kinosmith, [2011]
Branch Call Number: 363.325 If
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --

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NewYorkViews May 28, 2015

Typical type of story that people with a decent cause cannot find proper attorneys to handle the issues properly, and the mass media not covering the issues properly, and then the people becoming ridiculous vigilantes, and also becoming targets of the "oppressive," sneaky, draconian farts. This film happens to be about environmental issues.

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toby65
Jul 14, 2013

Interesting. But the main character, McGowan seems so naive, it is almost embarrassing. And McGowan happy to take his family's money for legal costs etc. but feels free to condemn their behaviour. Seems like an aging teenager to me. ( I suspect he may have learned a thing or two in prison about how the world really works. ) Violence and destruction are not okay, no matter how strongly people feel about their particular social/environmental/ religious, etc. cause.

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HereHere
May 18, 2012

Interesting questions are raised on a number of moral and legal issues, does the torching of millions of dollars of assets while not harming a single person constitute terrorism and thus relegate the convicts to terrorist prisons? How could someone get so frustrated that they would do these acts? How could they get away with it for so long? Can a lumberman whose profit motive legitimately consider himself an environmentalist?

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Heyst
Feb 09, 2012

In the UW Horticulture and Jefferson arsons, they were totally clueless about what they were torching. They couldn't even find targets that were actually doing what they're supposedly against. it would be alot easier to get behind at least some sort of idealism if the specific actions weren't so clueless. the dvd doesn't even go into the extent to which the arsonists were uninformed about the actual research at UW. that they were also totally clueless about the Jefferson site research says alot about fanaticism and its drive to mindlessly lash out at anything. Is this is a balanced portrait of the movement:
Jake Ferguson as the Greg Allman of the environmental movement.

aaa5756 Oct 17, 2011

A++FOR THE ELF!!!!!

B+ DVD

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