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Hadwin's Judgement

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Hadwin's Judgement is a spellbinding and visually stunning account of environmentalism, obsession, and myth set in the Pacific Northwest. It chronicles one man’s resolute struggle to reconcile what he regarded as an intolerable and conspiratorial affront—not just to the land, but to humanity as well.

Inspired by John Vaillant’s award-winning book The Golden Spruce, the film covers the events that led up to the infamous destruction of an extraordinary 300-year-old tree held sacred by the indigenous Haida nation of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Grant Hadwin, a logging engineer and formidable survivalist, lived and worked happily for many years in BC's remote and ancient forests. But witnessing the devastation wrought by clear-cutting finally drove him to commit what some would say was an extraordinary and perverse act, one that ran contrary to all he had come to value. 

A compelling hybrid of drama and documentary, Hadwin's Judgement interweaves speculation, myth and reality to explore the possible motives for Hadwin’s unprecedented crime and the consequences of his actions. The film charts his emotional crusade against the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest, a crusade that ends tragically with a mystery—and a prophetic warning—that seals Hadwin’s fate as both madman and visionary.

2015, 91 min 18 s

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Public Choice ex aequo with Bientôt dans vos assiettes! (de gré ou de force…) by Paul Moreira
Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement
April 22 to 30 2016, Saint-Casimir - Canada

Grand Prize
Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement
April 22 to 30 2016, Saint-Casimir - Canada

Best Canadian Film
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
October 31 to November 8 2015, Vancouver - Canada

Best Film: Mountain Environment & Natural History
Banff Mountain Film Festival
October 31 to November 8 2015, Banff - Canada

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