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Clearcut

Directed by Ryszard Bugajski

A white lawyer arrives at a remote area in Northern Ontario to defend Indigenous activists who are blocking a logging company's clearcut of old growth on their land. A pacifist by nature, and perceiving himself as sympathetic to Indigenous concerns, he finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry, rogue Indigenous activist named Arthur - played by one of Canada's most towering and beloved actors, Graham Greene - who insists on kidnapping the head of the logging company to take him deep into the forest - where he hopes to teach him the price of his destruction.

A white lawyer finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry Indigenous activist who insists on kidnapping the head of a logging company to teach him the price of his destruction.

Cast: Ron Lea, Graham Greene, Michael Hogan, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Tia Smith

Member Reviews

Can't believe I hadn't run across this until now. Reportedly, of all the films Graham Greene has done, this is his favorite. And here he is simply (and perhaps literally) a force of nature, flooding every scene he is in with magnetism and menace -- a performance that is not to be missed. The film itself is deeply ambiguous -- it aims to raise, but not necessarily answer, a number of quandries about indigenous rights, environmental destruction, social conflict and proportional response. Although very different in plot and setting, I was reminded strongly of Peter Weir's The Last Wave (1977), a profoundly haunting film set in Australia that likewise blends indigenous mysticism with contemporary legal and social concerns, and the clash of cultures.

jorgaba
3 days ago

Great Story! Graham Greene is amazing in this.

Horror101
3 weeks ago

A hidden gem

B-KALski
3 weeks ago

Exceeded expectations.

Antonio
1 month ago

Why is this social justice bullshit on Shudder? Thought I was paying for horror movies. 0 skulls

kitkat0997
3 months ago