ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2012
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” Daniel McGowan, a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. What turned this working-class kid from Queens into an eco-warrior? Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated Street Fight, POV 2005) provides a nuanced and provocative account that is part coming-of-age story, part cautionary tale and part cops-and-robbers thriller.
As an outreach tool, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front provides an excellent springboard for deep discussion about the tensions inherent in social change movements. It explores differences among people who want to work within the system, those who support a strategy of civil disobedience and those who choose to "fight fire with fire" (literally and figuratively). As it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism and the way we define terrorism, the film helps viewers reach beyond simplistic public policy debates to uncover the complex and passionate lives behind the headlines and statistics.
A co-production of ITVS. Winner of Best Documentary Editing Award, 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
More info PBS: http://www.pbs.org/pov/ifatreefalls/
Film website: http://www.ifatreefallsfilm.com/
Director: Marshall Curry
Runtime: 90 minutes
"One of the best documentaries of the year." Critic's Choice.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An extraordinary documentary...[a] fearless exploration of complexity in a world drawn to oversimplified depictions of events and problems, heroes and villains."
- Andrew Revkin, The New York Times
The event is free. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.
- Ice breaking:
meet each other - old and new members. please come at 1 p.m.
screening will start at 2 p.m.
talk about the film and related issues.
we will go to nearby eatery and go dutch.