Bold Native: We've Got Some Trouble to Start
Ever ready with the table to sell our books, Lantern attended the New York screening of Bold Native
, a docudrama on the Animal Liberation Front
. Bold-face names were in attendance—Russell Simmons
, and Nellie McKay
—as well as a who's who of animal activism in New York City. I even connected with some old friends.
Anyway, Bold Native
is entertaining, thoughtful, and provocative in all the right ways. It's certainly not as gory as I'd been led to believe, and it makes its case well. I'd recommend it to anyone—not least because of two wonderful things. First off, one of our titles plays a highly visible role, both at the beginning of the film and the end: Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
. The second thing is that at the end, one of the characters, in explaining how he's changed his mind, points to an array of books (including Terrorists
). I loved that moment: it wasn't a movie, or magazine article, or shocking video that did it for this character. The persuasiveness of words in the long form proved to be the catalyst for change—and amen