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Above All Else
Above All Else • 1h 35m
Directed by John Fiege ∙ 2017 ∙ United States ∙ 95'
One man risks his family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, ABOVE ALL ELSE follows David Daniel, a retired high-wire artist and circus performer, from the moment that he discovers survey stakes on his land, through his years of activism and civic engagement.
In four climatic days in September 2012, Daniel makes a final stand against the pipeline. Backed into a legal and financial corner, he rallies an eccentric group of neighbours and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree top blockade of the controversial project.