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Butterfly

From 1997 until 1999 Julia Butterfly Hill lived on a six-by-eight-foot platform in a 1,000-year-old redwood in a forest owned by Pacific Lumber. Her complex relationship to Earth First!, whose members supported her effort, and to the primary goal of her action—to protect the tree if not the forest from being felled—is masterfully and subtly expressed in Doug Wolens's traditionally structured yet inspired 79-minute documentary, a movie that appears to give anyone who has anything to say about the matter an opportunity to say it. Interviewees include local law enforcers, Humboldt County residents, Pacific Lumber employees, and Earth First! members, whose views diverge as much as those of any group. The more articulate interviewees are less likely to be cut off in the graceful editing scheme, and almost everyone, including Hill, reveals some hypocrisy or smugness. But, as Hill says and the movie reiterates, the imperfectness of an argument or its advocates doesn't negate the sincerity or significance of the actions it inspires (2000).

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