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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from 2,547 votes
||Genre: Biography, Crime, Documentary, Drama, History, News, Thriller
||Director: Marshall Curry,
||Stars: Bill Barton, Chuck Tilby, Chuck Wert, Daniel McGowan, Don Rice, Greg Harvey, Jenny Synan, Jim Flynn, Kirk Engdall, Leslie James Pickering, Lisa McGowan, Steve Swanson, Susan Synan, Suzanne Savoie, Tim Lewis
||Synopsis: IF A TREE FALLS is a rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' With unprecedented access and a nuanced point of view, the documentary tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who faced life in prison for two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. The film employs McGowan's story to examine larger questions about environmentalism, activism, and terrorism. Written by Anonymous
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What are the criteria for being a terrorist? What should be the
criteria for a being a terrorist? Is an environmentalist who burns down
the empty office of a logging company in the middle of the night
comparable to crimes committed by people like Timothy McVeigh or Osama
bin Laden? Is this crime to be put on the same legal shelf as those who
fly planes into skyscrapers and kill thousands of people? Ask any three
people and you are likely to get three different answers, after all,
the people you ask probably aren't the ones going to prison for it.
Marshall Curry's documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth
Liberation Front begins by showing us some acts of "eco-terrorism",
acts in which radical environmentalists whose peaceful protests have
fallen on deaf ears and turned up the heat by setting fires to lumber
mills, wild horse corrals, SUV dealerships and meat packing plants.
They were called The Earth Liberation Front or E.L.F. unorganized
group of radicals willing to cause millions of dollars in property
damage in the name of keeping corporate America from destroying the
planet. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to dismiss these
individuals as a bunch of over-zealous ya-hoos who just enjoy watching
things burn. Yet, the film is something more, as we watch it, we are
taken into the lives of some of the members of the E.L.F. and begin to
understand what they are fighting for. That leads to questions of
whether or not their legal prosecution is really fair.
The E.L.F. get the attention of, not only their targets, but the F.B.I.
who quickly labels the group as "The number one domestic terrorist
threat" and launches a full-scale investigation of the individuals
involved, an investigation that resembles in many ways the F.B.I.'s
investigation of the mafia 50 years ago.
What is interesting is that even while we don't agree with what the
E.L.F. is doing, the film gives us images that allow us to understand
their point of view. We see footage of trees that have stood for
thousands of years, blindly cut down. We see horse mills, with hundreds
of dead horses hung from the ceiling. We see the heartbreaking sight of
a group of legendary trees sawed down to make a parking lot.
We see the protesters themselves, camped out in the trees that are to
be cut down, beaten and maced unmercifully by the local police. In a
scene that resembles the riots of the 1960s, we see members of the
E.L.F. with their faces covered marching into the streets and then
beaten and clubbed. The irony is that the members of the group who are
clearly guilty of vandalism haven't done any physical harm to other
human beings but are being beaten down by law enforcement as if they
Let us make no mistake, what the E.L.F doing is wrong, unlawful and is
deserving a punishment by law, and yes, jail time. The point is that
this film questions the severity of the extent of that punishment.
Curry's film moves very deeply into that very question and wonders
about the fate of Daniel McGowen, whose story provides the film's
bookends, goes under house arrest in his sister's home until his trial
in which it will be decided what kind of jail time he will do for the
crime of arson. He seems like a nice kid with a sweet voice, somewhere
in his mid-20s who smiles a lot, but has eyes that are much more
thoughtful, focused and intelligent than most kids his age. When he
goes to trial and receives his sentence, we aren't surprised that it is
harsh. What does surprise us is the information that McGowan is now
going to spend the rest of his life on the government's terrorist
watchdog list. Why? His crime, at best, results in malicious vandalism.
Why a life sentence on the same list as Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the
architect of the 9/11 attacks?
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, Chuck Tilby
, Chuck Wert
, Daniel McGowan
, Don Rice
, Greg Harvey
, Jenny Synan
, Jim Flynn
, Kirk Engdall
, Leslie James Pickering
, Lisa McGowan
, Steve Swanson
, Susan Synan
, Suzanne Savoie
, Tim Lewis
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