British Columbia: Movie Green Chain is Science of forests & logging, culture & economy?

The minute the first politically charged word falls from someone’s lips, the polarizing process begins. People pick sides, defensive thoughts begin to form and any hope for rational discussion evaporates in the heat of apprehension and distrust. Perhaps that’s why Mark Leiren-Young’s debut feature The Green Chain is so impressive. It addresses every facet of the British Columbia forestry industry from an intimately personal perspective without self-imploding or spinning fatuous propaganda in all directions.

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The Green Chain kicks off with a passionate, macho history lesson
about all the rough-and-tumble men who found their way to Canada’s
west coast in the hopes of finding self-determination. The logger
tells us about his Scandinavian roots, and as a notable pause betrays
a sense of paternal disappointment, he explains how he’s poured his
heart and soul into the woods — and how much he loves trees. The
giant cedars towering above him represent not just his livelihood but
the communal wealth of his small town, and as a result, the logger
says no one could love trees more than he does. Cut to the presumed
enemy: The environmentalist.

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…introduces us to Abigail Edwards (Babz Chula), an older woman who’s  now sitting in a cinder block room, presumably behind bars. Jailed for  civil disobedience at a logging blockade, Abigail tells us about how  she became involved in the environmental movement back in the ’60s. A  former school teacher who saw a need to act, Abigail says she used to teach kids about photosynthesis but realized the lessons would all be  moot if all the chlorophyll-laden life forms disappeared.

With seven separate testimonials contrasting each other, the film
lacks a typical dramatic structure. It makes up for it by co-opting a
faux documentary style, but we’re never completely seduced by
Leiren-Young’s rendition of “reality.” The performances are all
bang-on, but they feel undeniably stagey and just a tad too rehearsed.
The words and the thoughts that come out of the characters’s mouths
scream small town, but the delivery is undeniably urbane, which leaves
The Green Chain feeling more like a thoughtful exercise instead of a
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