Before They Fall

Conservation groups, Indigenous voices, and scientists come together as a decades-long battle to protect endangered old-growth forests in BC escalates.

Before They Fall - film poster with festival laurels

Conservation groups, Indigenous Peoples, and scientists come together in this timely, upcoming short film, as a decades-long battle to protect endangered old-growth forests in BC escalates at Fairy Creek (the last unprotected, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island) on Pacheedaht Territory.

Conservation photographer TJ Watt takes a photograph an old-growth red cedar tree in Eden Grove in unceded Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territory
The film explores the characters’ individual relationships with ancient forests, and why it’s imperative we collectively protect them. It touches on potential solutions, like a transition away from old-growth in the future of logging, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Production and filming for Before They Fall took place on the ancestral homelands of the Ma’amtagila, Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, Songhees and Esquimalt Peoples, now so-called Vancouver Island.  Whenever possible characters featured in the film helped inform production logistics and secure appropriate rights and permissions. During filming, they were given space to tell their story as they wished. We acknowledge the complicated situation at so-called Fairy Creek/Ada’istx. Ecologyst films followed the invitation of Elder Bill Jones and Hereditary Chief Victor Peter. 


Featuring: TJ Watt, Dr. Suzanne Simard, Rande Cook, Land Defenders at Fairy Creek 

Directed by: Cam MacArthur 

Produced by: Momme Halbe 

Executive Producer: Rene Gauthier

Media & PR: Camilla Sampson 

Year: 2021

Before They Fall

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