More than two decades after a Judi Bari was nearly killed by a bomb placed beneath her car seat, the campaign continues to find those responsible for attacking the prominent Earth First! activist. Their gritty crusade is detailed in the Arizona premier of Who Bombed Judi Bari?, a documentary playing Friday through Sunday at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.
The film is produced by Darryl Cherney, who was next to Bari in the car that day in Oakland. Both were deeply engaged in a fight to save old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, and the bomb exploded while the pair was on musical organizing tour for three months of demonstrations called Redwood Summer.
Though they’d received endless death threats, both Bari and Cherney were arrested by the FBI and after the attack and accused of bombing themselves. They later successfully sued the federal government for civil rights violations, and were awarded $4 million. But that victory came too late for Bari, who succumbed to cancer seven years after the bombing devastated her body.
According to a press release, Who Bombed Judi Bari? “is composed of archival footage including a special Humboldt County live version of "Angel from Montgomery" performed by Bonnie Raitt; a live version of "Shady Grove" by the David Grisman Quintet performing at a tree-sit; rare footage of Woody Harrelson climbing the Golden Gate Bridge as an act of civil disobedience; a tribute to Judi Bari by California Governor Jerry Brown; and a powerful press conference held by the late, legendary environmentalist, David Brower. The movie is narrated by Judi Bari herself, captured on videotape as she told her life story through her deathbed testimony. As she weaves her tale under oath, the movie flashes back and forth to footage of the daring, action-packed, yet often humorous and musical scenes she depicts.”
Who Bombed Judi Bari? will show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and at 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, followed by a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 20. The screenings will be accompanied by discussions with Cherney. Admission is $8 on Friday and Saturday, and $6 for the Sunday matinee. For information, go to https://www.facebook.com/tucsonfilm.