Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance (2000)
A feature documentary about the non-violent struggle to save the ancient redwood rainforest of Humboldt County, from the struggle to save Redwood Forest; the assassination attempt of Judi Bari; the pepper spraying of young activists; to the establishment of permanent “tree-villages” including Julia Butterfly hill who lived 2 years hundreds of feet up.
Running time: 95 minutes
Credit: Penelope Andrews
Release Year: 2000
Reviews & Awards
“Truly inspiring” – Howard Zinn
Best Forest Documentary Award – EarthVisions Film Festival 2001.
Headwaters Action Video (HAVC) formed in 1997 to provide video support and witnessing to Headwaters Forest demonstrations and to maintain an archive for use in media outreach. Northern California has the last remaining ancient redwood rainforests in existence and is the site of ongoing struggles to protect these trees. Clearcutting and herbicide spraying in these forests has impacted not just the trees, but also endangered species and the lives of the area’s human residents. The salmon industry has collapsed. A mudslide wiped out homes in Stafford. The once prolific Coho salmon and other forest creatures are verging on extinction. Headwaters Action videos influence public opinion and build mass support. They probe the corporate destruction of US rainforest. They show the power of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience, as well as the infiltrations of the police state. Until the government and corporations begin to respect unspoiled nature as more than simply its market value, video and film documentation are essential for education and inspiration.