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Just Do It
Direct action under the spotlights


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Plot
A documentary delving behind the scenes of the direct action protest movement, taking in guerilla protests and the heavy-handed tactics used to combat them.


Review
Just Do It
Environmental direct action is, by necessity, a clandestine world, much maligned and misunderstood — not least because of unsympathetic media coverage. This insider’s view of such groups as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid is, therefore, extremely welcome. Crowd-funded, and made with a home-brewed, anarchistic vibe, the film contextualises direct actions by activists and groups, giving voice to the other side of a misrepresented cause. Current enough to cover the unlawful death of Ian Tomlinson — but not, sadly, revelations about infiltration by undercover police — the film features some scary footage of the state’s ‘bully boy’ tactics, and the protestors’ inspired strategies to flummox them in order to make their point. Rousing stuff.


Verdict
Seriously topical but never so serious that it gets caught up in polemic, it's a terrific story packed with characters and told with passion.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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