Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-day Outlaws

Synopsis: The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. Torpedoing the tired clichés of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Emily James
Production: Syndicado
 
IMDB:
6.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
Year:
2011
90 min
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Go ahead and make some tea.

Oh, a lovely cup of char.

One with sugar.

Tell me about the relationship

between tea and the revolution.

Taking tea is what the British do,

when they're

in a difficult circumstance.

If you have some bad news,

you have a cup of tea.

At a funeral, you have a cup of tea.

If they bomb your homes,

you have a cup of tea.

We're going to make loads of tea.

So, you serve tea at most events?

Hiya. Like a cup of tea?

I've often served tea

outside the Bank of England.

I've served tea to the Silver Command,

the second in command on an action,

when the police are involved.

I've served tea to politicians.

Outside factories I've served bailiffs

as they're evicting.

It's a free cup of tea, or if you want

to make a donation, that's allowed.

Yes, but we don't have a...

As an anti-capitalist,

it would be hypocritical

to start selling people tea.

You don't want alcohol on the front

line, because your judgment goes,

so if you just drink tea

and save the drinking for the party,

when you eventually go home...

We're professional

domestic extremists -

we don't drink while we're working.

- So, you're a domestic extremist?

- I'm a domestic extremist.

What makes you a domestic extremist?

You will have

to ask Special Branch that.

I care passionately about politics

on a global level,

but work on it on a local level,

within my own country, mostly.

That's the domestic bit.

I'm extreme

because I've gone well beyond

in my climate-change activities.

I've gone beyond recycling

and walking the kids to school -

all that goes without saying.

I put my body in the way,

and I don't mind being arrested.

You know when you watch the news

and see things like this?

Our dogs will be used!

And the newsreaders

say helpful stuff like this.

Let's bring you now the latest

from this so-called

"camp for climate action".

Environment campaigners have scaled

a London building, unfurling a banner.

I hope he's going to have a shower -

his feet were filthy!

Well, this is what you don't see -

a glimpse into the secretive

and clandestine world

of environmental direct action.

We just fing do it.

We've got a banner.

We've got four D-Locks.

I'm James, and I'm your guide.

How do I know what I'm talking about?

That's me

climbing into a power station.

But this film isn't about me.

It's about people like this.

The climate science scared the crap

out of me - I'm not going to lie.

And I went,

"This is not something I can know

and not do anything about.

I have to do something. "

I want to feel

like I'm doing something,

and not just watching the world

go to shit.

We don't really have that much choice

about the fact

that we've put so much carbon dioxide

in the atmosphere.

What we do have a choice about

is the future.

Lots of getting arrested,

running around, hiding, escaping,

playing with the media.

But if you think

you can make a difference,

through campaigning

then that's empowering.

It doesn't matter if it's illegal

or if it's dodgy.

It doesn't matter

if it's big or small.

You've just got to do it.

Just do it.

It's April Fool's Day, 2009.

The world's leaders are in London

for the G20 meeting,

and a flurry of protests

are welcoming them to town.

More tents. More tents!

Climate Camp plan to turn

the heart of the financial district

into a street party.

Their target:
blockading

the European Climate Exchange.

Why? They don't want the climate left

in the hands of the bankers.

Exactly.

Some trouble needs to be caused.

The camp had all the ingredients

for a good party,

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