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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot

Shelley Wine
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fury for the sound


This powerful and inspiring documentary shows how a small group of dedicated women activists came together to protest the clearcutting of the local rainforest and eventually found themselves in the midst of the largest civil disobedience action in Canadian history, the battle to save Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.

It would be hard to imagine a more compelling story than one of elderly women and children, aged 8 to 82 years old, being arrested together and jailed in defense of public land. But there is a revolution going on - in consciousness and in action - of individuals no longer willing to watch impassively the destruction of our planet's natural resources. And this revolution is being led largely by women. It is estimated that 80% of environmental activists worldwide are women.

Following the path of the suffragettes and the Chipko women of India (the original "tree-huggers"), hundreds of women protesters at Clayoquot were arrested and jailed for up to 45 days for refusing to step aside in the face of logging trucks intent on clearcutting some of the last vestiges of the world's old growth temperate rainforest.

A moving insider's account of grassroots social history in the making, this documentary talks about much more than trees. It exposes the perils of what happens in the larger society when consciousness is divorced from politics.


Writer, Director, Producer, Canadian Shelly Wine is a retired lawyer, federal parole officer, and social worker in the area of women's prison reform. Wine decided to produce and direct her first film, Fury for the Sound, after being arrested along with the women at Clayoquot on July 23, 1993. Her experience brings a uniquely personal perspective to the documentary.

Contact information:

John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
Bullfrog Productions
POB 149
Oley, PA 19547
phone: 610-779-8226
fax: 610-370-1978

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