Please join us on Monday 6 February for a screening of Oscar-nominated documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.
In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front - a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." For years, the ELF—operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership—had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment.
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
Sundance Film Festival - Winner, Documentary Editing Award Dallas Film Festival - Winner, Environmental Visions Award Nashville Film Festival - Winner, Best Documentary Santa Cruz Film Festival - Winner, EarthVision Environmental Jury Prize Traverse City Film Festival - Winner, Founders Award Best Documentary Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival - Winner, Best Feature