Last week, I had the opportunity to preview the newly-released, made-in-Manitoba film titled Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees.
The film follows botanist and celebrated author Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she takes audiences on a journey far and wide to tell the remarkable stories of the some of our planet's most magnificent forests.
Of course, we know that trees provide a plethora of ecological services to the planet as a whole, but, more importantly, Beresford-Kroeger uncovers the intimate interconnection between forests and other plant and animal species — along with the profound connection us human beings have with trees. Indeed, our own connection with forests is evidenced by their importance in age-old folklore from around the world just as much as it is proven in clinical trial.
While the film leaves us with a clear message (yes, we do need to save our trees — less than 5% of old-growth forests are still standing today), Call of the Forest is not just a doomsday film ripe with images of clear cut forests. No, the film is moreover a celebration of the life of times of the many trees and forests responsible for keeping our planet living and breathing.
Quite simply, this film is thought-provoking, beautifully-captured, and an extremely important work.
If you are in Winnipeg, you still have a few more chances to view Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees — visit the film's website for more information.
Image still from Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees