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Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-day Outlaws (2011)

 -  Documentary  -  15 July 2011 (UK)
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The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document... See full summary »

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The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. Torpedoing the tired clichés of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire. Written by Anonymous

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Emily: Some people say you knew it was futile from the beginning.
Rowan: Of course it was futile. But, sometimes, even when you know something is futile, it doesn't mean you shouldn't try, because you've got to have hope. If you don't try, then you never know if you're going to win or lose.
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Interesting but does it work?
26 July 2012 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Before I continue with my review, I would like to point out that whilst I'm not sure whether I'm classed as an activist I really do try and do my part, from discussions, helping with charities and making inspirational films to try and help the mass audience - with that being said, here is what I thought of the film.

Well obviously I agree with the causes, people pulling together to achieve something and standing up for there rights is needed - there is nothing worse than a passive observer, especially one that complains and does nothing. Overall, I agree with the film, people involved and intentions but (to a point even said in the film) whist protesting does to a degree have an effect to ultimately make a change something more radical and logical has to be done - I mean don't get me wrong the bigger the mass the bigger effect but considering many or most solution's these days do become political decisions I can't help but think either something(s) more radical needs to be done, or something more logical like getting petitions done where it has to be debated in parliament (though not sure of the outcome due to most politicians/parties looking beyond what the people/earth needs and more about the economy, power, greed, money an so on) but something ultimately that would have a lasting effect. But to stop myself rambling and talk about the film another point I was getting to is that, with respect to the people involved, it seems SOME of them are more in it for the excitement, culture and activities involved rather than really getting something done - I may be wrong there and I actually hope I am, but I do get that impression when watching it.

It is a good watch and would recommend it, the hardest thing about changing something is not about what and why they want it changing, or even a solution, it's how to go about implementing the acceptance of change... and while I'm not with those guys physically I am in spirit and try to figure different ways to make such changes and maybe one day we will all pull together and get it done before it's too late.

Much love people, you're not alone.


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