The Forest for the Trees (2013)
52min · Documentary, History · 1 January 2013
This is the story the Otways Ranges Environment Network (OREN), a diverse grassroots network of people who devoted seven years of their lives to successfully end clearfell logging and woodchipping of bio-diverse native forest in the Otways Ranges. Many in OREN suffered violence, incarceration, financial loss yet won their campaign using a decentralised, regionally focused activist strategy. The film explores both the external and internal conflicts OREN faced, the highs and the lows and the unrelenting devotion of those involved, from activists living in trees to Melbourne business people. OREN still attracts attention as a case study to inspire similar campaigns around the world.
- Written by
Tatiana Doroshenko/Simon Birrell