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“Who Bombed Judi Bari?” profiles the late, legendary labor and forest organizer Judi Bari and her struggle with FBI defamation after she and Darryl Cherney were car-bombed in Oakland in 1990 while on college tour to save the redwood forest of northern California. Despite receiving death threats, the pair was instantly arrested by the FBI and Oakland Police for bombing themselves. They sued the authorities for violations of the constitution. Eventually, they would be awarded a $4.2 million settlement, in this historic case. The culprit of the bombing has yet to be arrested, and in 2014, Cherney is still offering a $50,000 reward for info in their capture.
In 1997, and just 30 days before her death from breast cancer, Bari, weak though defiant, gave a deposition for the civil rights lawsuit that she and Cherney filed against the FBI and Oakland Police for illegal search and false arrest after the case was dropped against them due to lack of evidence. The deposition and raw video footage from rallies and protests throughout a decade provide a backdrop for the entire film in which Bari is narrator.
The film is composed of archival footage, including appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Woody Harrelson, Jerry Brown and David Grisman.
This suspenseful story is about people who risked their lives to save the California redwoods and took on the FBI for impeding their freedom of speech. It shines a light on an monumental protest movement that succeeded against all odds – with creativity, music, and humor.
Judi Bari’s greatest speech in front of 5000 supporters culminated with the largest civil disobedience in U.S. history –1033 people arrested in support of Headwaters Forest.
Director / Editor: Mary Liz Thomson
Producer: Darryl Cherney
Executive Producer: Elyse Katz
Executive Producer: Sheila Laffey
Co-Producer: Bill Benenson
Co-Producer: Laurie Benenson
Assistant Editor: Mika Kiburz