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“Films d'auteur” and Activism

Anxiety and Anger
Something in the Air (view an excerpt) sprang from of its director’s deep sense of worry and anger – and her desire to express them. The tone of the film reflects both concern and rage, as Dauphinais uses first-person narration and appears on-screen a number of times. The result is an extremely personal documentary.

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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt (1:23)
Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (1:23) 1993, production : John Edginton
As stunned police officers look on, activists climb old-growth trees, tying themselves to their trunks to protect them from logging. This sequence illustrates how the film takes the side of those seeking to protect the forest over those in favour of exploiting it.