Environmental Documentary Nominated for Oscar

The nominations for the 2012 Oscar Awards were recently announced and among the five films up for best documentary feature is “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.” The documentary follows the story of Daniel McGowan, a former environmental activist, who was arrested by Federal agents in 2005, as part of 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 film (made by Marshall Curry) traces McGowan’s journey from his identity as the mild-mannered son of an NYPD officer to a radical environmental activist in the Pacific Northwest, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group.

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What makes the film particularly unique and compelling is its fair portrayal McGowan and it asks some hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

If a Tree Falls and can watched on Netflix.