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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front


Director: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman

IMDB: IF A TREE FALLS is a rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' With unprecedented access and a nuanced point of view, the documentary tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who faced life in prison for two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. The film employs McGowan's story to examine larger questions about environmentalism, activism, and terrorism.

BBC synopsis: Documentary telling the story of a young American environmentalist involved with the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI described as America's top domestic terrorism threat.

Released: 01 Jan 2011 First broadcast: 13 Feb 2012

IMDB: 7.2
Rotten Tomates: 88%
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