Earth Days (2009)
Critic Consensus: This engaging and well-organized eco-doc maps the successes and failures of the American environmental movement, thanks to sharp interviews and remarkable archive footage.
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If you're feeling nostalgic for a time when the environmental movement was something everyone embraced, Robert Stone's Earth Days is bound to comfort -- and alarm.
Honoring the heroes of the environmental movement is clearly appropriate, but getting mired in nostalgia is a dirty shame.
Yes, the future still looks grim and whales are hunted here as they are in all such films, but Stone spends most of his time tracking something positive -- the birth of the environmental movement in the '60s and '70s.
Earth Days captures those years when through sheer relentlessness, activists broke through to the public and put the mounting disaster at its doorstep.
A surprisingly engaging ecodocumentary about the history of the American environmental movement from the Depression era up to the present.
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I used to think documentaries were boring, three-hour torturous snoozefests. This movie changed my perspective.
Mostly a celebration of the past successes of the environmental movement from the perspective of old, white, mostly male activists. It is educational if you do not know the basics of the movement, but it is uncritical of the movement in general, neglects to mention factionalism with other parts of the social movements in the 60s & 70s, and in particular neglects to mention the Environmental Justice movement or critiques that the movement remains too white and too upper middle class.
The missing 20% on the rating depends on how we act after we recognized the issues that facing all human being and the ecosystem. Please, check your local PBS station for the showing schedule of this eye-opening documentary on your TV.
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