If you’ve ever felt the urge to chain yourself to an imperiled tree / take to the sea to protest an oil rig / free the animals from the zoo / opt for the veggie burger, here is a grab bag of variously mischievous and subversive films to get you fired up – or just to facilitate meditation on the beauty of this whirling, green orb of ours.
It’s a bit splattercore but sometimes lists are just like that.
Not symbols or art objects, and far outside of the decelerated eroticism of Cockfighter and the belligerent non-eroticism of Cook/Thief (pictured), the rest of the animal kingdom are compatriots, the wilderness a wisecracking best friend and a headmaster. Westerns know this instinctively (the more hands-in-the-soil-rain-in-the-face, the better). Enough prattle, though – let’s have a quick word form Edward Abbey, spiritual granddaddy of the modern environmental guerrilla:
“We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness, we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities, free from any and all direct administration by their fellow men.”Read less