George W Bush’s government called them the number one domestic terrorism threat. Others called them tree huggers. For a number of years from the mid 90s, the Earth Liberation Front conducted a campaign of arson attacks against a wide range of companies they considered a threat to the environment, including timber factories, an SUV dealership and a ski lodge. The fact that no one was ever hurt did little to deter
the tenacity of investigators determined to track the culprits down. Former member Daniel McGowan had long since hung up his ELF hat, and settled down to work in a Manhattan charity, when he was arrested one day by the FBI. He’s now under house arrest, facing life in prison. Through the story of McGowan’s activism, radicalization, and eventual disenchantment, and with the use of remarkable archive, director Marshall Curry shines a light on a battle in which good and evil are far from clearly defined.
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