Film Review: Forest Freedom Fighter

IF A TREE FALLS (in theaters June 22, Oscilloscope Pictures)
by Keith Goetzman
July-August 2011


Content Tools

Related Content

The Problem with Importing Terror Laws

Let’s start with some background: Last October, the police raided a Maori village in a nationwide ac...

Diana Beresford-Kroeger Goes Deep Into the Forest

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to understand Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s message: We had better ta...

Guido Daniele Paints Hands

Check out these amazing “Handimals” by multimedia artist and body painter Guido Daniele...

Desert Dwelling, Off the Grid

Michael Reynolds is the mastermind behind Earthships, which makes him sound like some sort of space ...

When does an environmental activist become a terrorist? That’s the burning question at the core of this riveting documentary about Daniel McGowan, an Earth Liberation Front member who is serving a seven-year federal sentence for his role in a series of arsons. Though none of the carefully plotted fires claimed lives—just lumber company buildings, SUVs, and other structures—McGowan was prosecuted under federal anti-terrorism laws. This balanced, humanizing film tracks his case and reveals him to be thoughtful and principled, regretful but not entirely repentant—especially on the subject of the T-word. “It’s property destruction,” he says. “Call it what it is.”

 

 

cover-166-thumbnailHave something to say? Send a letter to editor@utne.com. This article first appeared in the July-August 2011 issue of Utne Reader








Post a comment below.

 








Pay Now & Save $5!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $31.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $36 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!