Earth First movement, to which Ms Bari (shown above) and her partner/
companion Darryl Cherney belonged.
Mary Liz Thomson (shown at left) and produced by Cherney (shown below) covers the before, during and after of a particularly violent event that occurred on May 24, 1990, in which a bomb exploded under the driver's seat of the car which Bari was driving and in which Cherney was a passenger. The two for some time had been prime organizers of the Earth First movement, which targeted the lumber companies that were then de-foresting via clear-cutting huge areas of the Pacific Northwest. Thomson and Cherney show us how, via canny organization; specific, attainable goals; and non-violent protest the Earth First movement was succeeding in rousing the general populace to taking seriously this despoiling of its environment.
TrustMovies admits to not having heard about until he saw this film -- sparked such controversy at the time and resulted in a major law suit years after the event (and after the death of Ms Bari from breast cancer in 1997, at the age of 47) against the Oakland Police and the FBI. This makes up the final third of the film and for anyone, like me, who did not follow the event and its outcome, the resulting movie is suspenseful, surprising and quite moving (below is Ms Bari, giving sworn testimony, even as she lies dying from the cancer).
Quad Cinema, and in the Los Angeles area on December 7 at Laemmle's NoHo 7. For the opening at the latter venue, Ed Begley and other personalities will join the filmmakers in attendance.