DCEFF 365: Free Environmental Films

Forest for the Trees

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Co-presented with Grist


Screening includes a pre-recorded Q&A with Rita Leistner (Director, Forest for the Trees) and Tara McGowan-Ross (Featured Subject, Forest for the Trees), moderated by Zoya Teirstein (Reporter, Grist).


Find out more about Forest for the Trees and the companion book at www.forestforthetreesdocumentary.com.

This visually and artistically unique documentary explores the physical and emotional aspects of a community of Canadian west coast tree planters. Deftly weaving together still photos and film footage, Rita Leistner, an award-winning photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker and erstwhile tree planter, depicts the contradictions in the experiences of the tree planters—the hardship and the healing; the solitude and the joy of belonging—creating an eloquent cinematic metaphor for the human condition. Finding common cause, self-knowledge and meaning in their formidable task, the tree planters restore themselves and each other in the process of restoring the environment.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Premiere
    D.C. Premiere
  • Director
    Rita Leistner