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The direct action movement known as Ada’itsx (the Fairy Creek Blockade) became Canada’s largest act of civil disobedience when thousands of people protested to stop old growth logging in the Fairy Creek valley.

We are filmmakers who have documented the entire lifespan of the blockade from its early beginnings to its ending, creating an in-depth documentary about the vanguards of Fairy Creek and their passion to take a stand for ancient forests. The film is nearly complete, with an aim to premiere in autumn 2024, followed by a worldwide film festival circuit.

We need your support to raise finishing funds to complete post-production on the film and carry out a comprehensive impact campaign. The impact strategy aims to educate the public on the effects of old growth logging and equip activist communities with broad stroke best practices for frontline activism.

Vancouver Island, Canada

The Fairy Creek Film: A documentary about Canada’s record-breaking old growth blockade

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Ada’itsx (the Fairy Creek blockade) became Canada’s largest demonstration of civil disobedience when more than 1100 people were arrested for physically standing in the way of old growth logging. Over the last three years, we have been making a documentary film chronicling this significant and contentious movement.

As a backstory, the Fairy Creek movement started when construction of a new logging road was discovered coursing towards the headwaters of the untouched Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek) valley on Vancouver Island, Canada; the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. A group of environmentalists set up a blockade to stop the road building. The movement grew from one blockade camp to many, capturing the imaginations of concerned citizens, activists, and Indigenous land defenders to come together in a last-ditch effort to save some of Canada’s last remaining old growth forests. But when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived to arrest people for standing in the way of logging, thousands more protestors flocked to the woods to participate in a dramatic and historic stand-off for the forest.

The documentary Fairy Creek is an embedment into the inner workings of the noteworthy Fairy Creek blockade. With unique insider access, the film follows this blockade from its early inception to its bittersweet endings through the lens of an ensemble cast of blockade vanguards and those who oppose them. Employing in-the-trenches cinema verité, viewers are brought into the throes of this complicated movement, exploring the juncture of personal sacrifice, Indigenous sovereignty, ecological grief, and interpersonal tension that leads to the fallout of this prominent climate frontline.

We need your help to finish this film and screen it worldwide.

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Old growth coastal temperate rainforests in North America’s Pacific Northwest, such as the forests found in the Fairy Creek valley, are said to be some of the most biodiverse and carbon-dense forests in the world. Yet, in just over a century, British Columbia’s timber industry has harvested 97 percent of the most productive and largest old growth trees, with only 2.7 percent of these types of forests remaining in the province.

Fairy Creek is an archive of an influential moment in Canadian history and an urgent call-to-action for climate justice and protection of old growth forests. The film is also an important educational tool for climate frontlines across the globe, acting as a blueprint for direct actions and serving as a valuable resource for Indigenous land defenders and environmental activists continuing to take a stand against extraction of natural resources on untouched lands.

To amplify this message, we’ve developed a robust impact campaign to accompany the completed film, which includes compiling and distributing resources for activist communities and Indigenous land defenders, creating educational and post-screening discussion kits, organizing community screenings and post-screening panels, and advocating for permanent protection of old growth forests.

With your donation, we can complete the necessary post-production and bring this film into communities, classrooms, and board rooms to spark meaningful change and resilient climate activism.

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Donate today to complete this film and take a step towards supporting frontline climate activism.

This film has been primarily shot on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations. We acknowledge that Indigenous cultures, spirituality, values, philosophy and intellectual property have existed since time immemorial and that we do not retain the rights to their culture or story. We respectfully recognize and give gratitude to the stories and songs shared by Indigenous communities during the creation of this project.

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