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If a Tree Falls
A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Mar 27, 2012
In conjunction with Kelly Poe's exhibition For the Wild, LA><ART will hold a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front at the Mandrake (2692 S. La Cienega Blvd.) on March 27, 2012 at 7 PM.
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.
Drawing from striking archival footage -- much of it never before seen -- and intimate interviews with ELF members, and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them, IF A TREE FALLS explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement, and the word "terrorism" had not yet been altered by 9/11.