|*Adult Themes, Coarse Language, Violence*
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Marshall Curry's documentary tells a timely story of political action and environmental beliefs at loggerheads. His reconstruction of the recent history and unravelling of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is a fascinating exploration of a modern revolutionary movement and its efficacy. Fusing fervent concerns about ecological imbalance and capitalism run amok, ELF members and sleeper cells destroyed facilities involved in deforestation to remove the profit potential from companies wreaking environmental destruction.
Focusing on Oregon-based activist Daniel McGowan, Curry relates the tale of a mild-mannered, middle-class citizen driven to extremes and brought to trial on charges of terrorism for his participation in ELF-related arson plots.
Detailing activists' past disillusionment with public protest - and the police brutality and inertia that often followed - the film poses difficult questions about the possibility of effecting change from either within or without the system and examines the changed stakes for revolutionaries today in a world fixated on branding all dissenters as terrorists.
Directed and Produced by Marshall Curry. Co-directed and Produced by Sam Cullman. Written and Edited by Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry.