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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
Forester Leonard Otis criticizes the Quebec government for...
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Journey of the Blob/Voyage sans fin
1989, production : Bill Maylone
Waste disposal is brought into question when a boy creates a...
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Return of the Swift Fox
1988, production : Jy Chiperzak
Species like the swift fox were displaced as Prairie...
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Return of the Swift Fox
1988, production : Jy Chiperzak
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Return of the Swift Fox
1988, production : Jy Chiperzak
The Swift Fox was reintroduced to Canada's Prairies in the...
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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (1:23) 1993, production : John Edginton
The film
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.

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It is a complex battle being fought on many fronts--in corporate board rooms, in legislatures, on the streets, and in the woods.

The weapons range from million-dollar public relations campaigns to quiet acts of civil disobedience.

At stake are the last stands of old-growth coastal forest of British Columbia, which are being clearcut at an increased rate every year. Soon they will be gone forever.

The soldiers are ordinary citizens, scientists, loggers, environmentalists, and Natives who are witnessing the liquidation of our public forests and, with it, a way of life.

This important film examines the battle strategies of both sides, and offers some practical solutions that balance economic needs with the preservation of the ancient forests.

If the battle for the trees is lost--and all of the old growth is clearcut--the silence on the barren hills will be a monument to the victory of corporate interests over public process.