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Earth First! The Politics of Radical Environmentalism (1987)

"Earth First! - The Politics of Radical Environmentalism" documents the rise of the controversial eco-activist group, Earth First!, as told by its founders, its admirers and its opponents, ... See full summary »


Christopher Manes


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Credited cast:
Edward Abbey Edward Abbey ... Himself
Rick Baily Rick Baily ... Himself (Earth First!)
Darryl Cherney Darryl Cherney ... Himself
John Davis John Davis ... Earth First! Journal editor
Bill Devall Bill Devall ... Himself (professor of sociology)
Barbara Duggleby Barbara Duggleby ... Herself (Earth First!) (as Barbara Dougleby)
Dave Foreman Dave Foreman ... Himself
Dennis Fritzinger Dennis Fritzinger ... Himself (voice)
Jesse Wolf Hardin Jesse Wolf Hardin ... Himself (as Lone Wolf)
Bob Hattoy Bob Hattoy ... Himself
Jeff Hoffman Jeff Hoffman ... Himself (Earth First!)
Ron Huber Ron Huber ... Himself (Earth First! member)
Nancy Morton Nancy Morton ... Herself (Earth First! member)
Bill Oliver Bill Oliver ... Himself
Mike Roselle Mike Roselle ... Himself


"Earth First! - The Politics of Radical Environmentalism" documents the rise of the controversial eco-activist group, Earth First!, as told by its founders, its admirers and its opponents, including rare interviews with its founders, Dave Foreman, Mike Roselle and Howie Wolke. Earth First! burst onto the environmental scene in the 1980s, engaging not only in civil disobedience to protect America's wilderness from exploitation, but ecotage - the destruction of heavy equipment, roads, and mills involved in deforestation. The movement become heroic to some, infamous to others, by scaling and occupying 200-foot tall old-growth trees to frustrate the plans of timber companies; and for "tree-spiking," hammering iron spikes into standing trees as a threat to the machinery of any mill that dared to process it. Earth First! includes rare footage of ecoteurs engaging in their exploits on camera. Written by Christopher Manes

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1987 (USA) See more »

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Earth First! Názory radikálneho environmentalizmu See more »

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Arizona, USA

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Green Rage Productions See more »
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Dave Foreman: It's time for a warrior society to rise up out of the earth and throw itself in front of the juggernaut of destruction, to be antibodies against the human pox that's ravaging this precious, beautiful planet.
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Definitive Documentary on Storied Environmental Group
14 January 2014 | by headofjoaquinSee all my reviews

EF!, the Politics of Radical Environmentalism, is the definitive documentary on the rise of the Earth First! movement from a small band of wilderness enthusiasts, to a force that reshaped mainstream environmentalism in the US. The film catches the flavor of heady possibility as the founders discuss their goals, their "deep ecology" philosophy, and their vision of a renewed wilderness legacy in America. The documentary has rare footage of ecoteurs plying their craft, something that later documentaries had difficulty obtaining due to the crackdown on Earth First! by law enforcement. In contrast, the critics from the resource industry and the mainline environmental groups also get to have their say. Though there is no doubt whose side the film maker prefers, the film lets the viewer decide which vision of the future is more in line with American values. Intelligent, entertaining, and an historical treasure trove for those who want to understand the modern environmentalism movement.

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