A Fierce Green Fire (2013)



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Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like the biologist E.O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds. (c)First Run Features
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for A Fierce Green Fire

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

Comprehensively tackles a sprawling subject and keeps things loose and lively.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Boston Globe
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Kitchell plods through this worthy material.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a decent overview of the subject, but the film's presentation is unexceptional, and it never hints that there is reasoned opposition to the views it advocates.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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A worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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About as sleepy as a documentary can be.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
New York Times
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There's no consistent narrative thread to carry the film from start to finish, and A Fierce Green Fire fails to open any singular intellectual or psychological point of investigation.

Full Review… | February 26, 2013
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for A Fierce Green Fire

It can only be considered a cliff notes version of the history of the environmental movement, but it did bring back some childhood memories I personally had of watching the emergence of the movement on our nightly news in the hinterland. I even learned a few tidbits about the early beginnings of the environmental movement beyond the standard Muir/Roosevelt dichotomy. A huge subject and I think talking about the movement rather than the issues was an excellent call...however taking a Ken Burns type direction as originally planned and delved into the entire breadth of this movement probably would have been a better choice than taking this cliff notes version. As for take home message...the movie clearly captures, probably unintentionally, the misguided direction taken by the environmental movement when it decided to merge with the social justice movement. Then environmentalism became all about people....just like the movie does.

Carolyn G
Carolyn G

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