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If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front

  • USA, UK / 2011 / 84min / DVD / Colour
  • Original Title : If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Director : Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
  • Screenwriter : Marshall Curry, Matthew Hamachek
  • Cinematographer : Sam Cullman
  • Editor : Marshall Curry, Matthew Hamachek
  • Music : James Baxter


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". The arrest followed several arson attacks as well as acts of civil disobedience. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan 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.

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