Or­di­nary de­cent ac­tivists

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Filmreviews -

in Copen­hagen, the film’s pro­ducer is ar­rested, bi­cy­cles are con­fis­cated and at­tempts at rea­son are met with: “We have our or­ders: we don’t know what rea­sons but we have our or­ders.”

James’s thrilling film takes us through stir­ring ac­tions and pro­tester eti­quette: how they or­gan­ise them­selves into bricks and affin­ity groups, how they evade de­tec­tion and how they at­tempt to pre­vent in­ci­dents such as the un­law­ful killing of Ian Tom­lin­son at the G20 sum­mit protests.

Far from be­ing the naive, hu­mour­less cranks the main­stream me­dia would have us be­lieve, all the pro­test­ers in­ter­viewed are aware their ef­forts will most likely amount to noth­ing. But they’d still rather be do­ing some­thing just the same.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists meet an im­mov­able force

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