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HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES, THE

One week only, July 30–August 5

[DAS GEHEIME LEBEN DER BÄUME]

Peter Wohlleben, a forester in Hümmel, Germany, has become an internationally acclaimed author for his insightful and inspiring books about ecology and the environment, none more so than his 2015 bestseller "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World." Wohlleben has been celebrated for his impassioned discussion of the wonders of tree life and the terrible mismanagement of modern forestry, as well as his ability to explain complex bioscience for the general reader, particularly how the exchange of nutrients and chemical information among trees might rightfully be thought of as a communication network. The forest ecologist Suzanne Simard would later coin the phrase the "Wood-Wide Web" to describe this phenomenon. Jörg Adolph's documentary follows Wohlleben as he travels to Sweden to see the oldest tree in the world; visits a British Columbia company looking for a more sustainable approach to sourcing timber from Native lands; attends a demonstration against logging in Germany's Hambacher Forest; gives classes and forest tours; and makes appearances around Europe to discuss his book and the wonders of trees. Official Selection, 2020 AFI European Union Film Showcase. DIR/SCR Jörg Adolph, from the book "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World" by Peter Wohlleben; PROD Friederich Oetker. Germany, 2021, color, 84 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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84 Minutes
Documentary

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