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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayquot

By ria julien

"The entire way the economic system is organized is what is killing the Earth"
-Clayquot protester

Fury for The Sound presents women who refuse to go quietly.

Focusing on women's environmental action for Vancouver Island's Clayquot Sound, the largest tract of temperate rainforest in British Columbia, Fury for the Sound shows the prominent place of women in the environmentalist movement that rocked the area.

When Clayquot was threatened with logging in 1993, a grassroots movement responded. Women made up 80% of that movement, and two thirds of those arrested at Clayquot.

Using live footage from the 1993 protests, old news reels from earlier women's marches, and interviews with arrested participants, film maker Shelley Wine, arrested at Clayquot herself, presents women of all ages questioning and defying male authority.

It shows women barricading logging roads, questioning big business logging company Macmillan Bloedel the police, and the government of BC.

Fury for the Sound explores a group of women beginning to see first hand the consequences of profit driven environmental devastation, and the effects on themselves, their children, and the Earth.

Not allowing the role of women in the environmentalist movement to be seen as the stereotype of passive "nurtures", the film brings the viewer face to face with the anger and frustration of women resisting for Clayquot.

ria julien is a writer and activist, based in Winnipeg.