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.
John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
Oley, PA 19547