WAYS YOU CAN REACT TO FILM
1. VISIT the film’s website at www.pbs.org/pov/ifatreefalls for more information, including background history, updates since the film’s release, and interviews with the filmmakers.
2. LEARN more about public lands and how to get involved in their preservation from the Native Forest Council or The Sierra Club. Or learn about the preservation of historical/cultural locations from The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
3. ENJOY the nation’s natural beauty at a National or State Park. See this map for nearby locations.
If a Tree Falls
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.” With the arrest of Daniel and thirteen others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country. 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.
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