Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot

Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot

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A film by Shelley Wine, TellTale Productions, 1997.

Two versions are for sale: 86 or 52 minutes

Shelley Wine decided to make this film while sitting in jail. She was one of over 800 women and men who were arrested for blockading the logging road leading to Clayoquot Sound, B.C. in the late summer of 1996. In the House of Commons right-wing MPs expressed outrage that a "criminal" like Ms. Wine should be given Canada Council funds (i.e., taxpayers' money) to "foster the destruction" of the Canadian way of life. But she got the money and she made the film. Fury for the Sound tells the story of women's involvement in the two month "peace camp" that helped to stop the clearcutting of an ancient forest and secured a place for rainforest protection on the Canadian political agenda.

Wine's film is as much a recounting of personal experiences with political protest as it is a history of the events. It features a diverse array of women participants discussing their motivations, their fears and triumphs, and the political analyses that compelled them to "put their bodies on the line to save the trees."

What I like most about Fury for the Sound is that, by asking women to reflect back on their activist involvement at Clayoquot, it portrays them as whole people rather than merely "protesters" (a one-dimensional picture that is all too often used in the mainstream media). As whole people, the women experienced many gender-, race-, class-, and age-related obstacles to participation that are rarely discussed in accounts that simply celebrate or condemn only the public aspects of activism. …

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