Call of the forest: The forgotten wisdom of trees

We’ve seen this type of documentaries before. It seems that Call of the forest: The forgotten wisdom of trees has taken the same approach than National geographic, PBS TV show Nova and David Suzuki’s The nature of things. As narrator, Gordon Pinsent puts an over the top dramatic emphasis on everything he reads, and when the animated title of the film appears, the words are made of tree branches with leaves growing on them and moving in the wind. The film central figure is Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a British-born Ottawa botanist, biochemist and writer. Like Call of the forest, Diana is a bit wholesome and corny but likable. I could go on making jokes about tree huggers, but, truth is, I agree with Diana. Here in Canada almost a billion trees are cut every year. Ms Beresford-Kroeger’s affirmation that the trees and forests are crucial to air and water quality. She travels around the world. We see a sacred forest in Japan where trees are revered and thought to have healing and cleansing powers. In Japan, big cities that are overpopulated don’t have enough green spaces for trees to grow, but some people still find a way and spaces for trees. In every countries Beresford-Kroeger speaks with others scholars and experts that also share her passion and love of trees. Along the way we have seen how beautiful those trees are and the devastating effects that men’s commercialisation has had on the trees and our forests. We must thank and support people like Diana Beresford-Kroeger and Canada’s First Nations for the work they have been doing. It’s now time to start planting trees!.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Call of the forest: The forgotten wisdom of trees

Directed by:
Jeffrey McKay

Screenplay by:
Jeffrey McKay

Narrated by Gordon Pinsent

82 min.

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