Film Screening Thursday, March 29: “If A Tree Falls”

The ELS along with SALDF and NLG present a screening of the film

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front


(nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary, 2012)

Thursday March 29, 2012


Forchelli Center (Feil Hall)

The film follows the case of an Earth Liberation Front activist, Daniel McGowan, who engaged in acts of arson and property destruction as a form of protest against environmental degradation.  Subject to a “terrorism enhancement” during sentencing, McGowan is now serving a 7-year sentence in a restrictive Communications ManagementUnit in the Terre Haute federal facility in Indiana.

A panel will follow the film and will address how the law treats domestic activists, the line between activism and terrorism, andwhether or how prosecutorial strategies may threaten legitimate expression by citizens.  One of the film’s directors, Sam Cullman, will be there to answer questions about the film, as will Rachel Meeropol, one of the attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights who has been working on Daniel’s case.  Odette Wilkins from Equal Justice Alliance will also bethere to address and field questions concerning what activities can be considered “terrorism” under Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Food will be served





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