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Award-winning war photographer Rita Leistner goes back to her roots as a tree planter in the wilderness of British Columbia, offering an inside take on the gruelling, sometimes fun and always life-changing experience of restoring our province’s forests. Leistner, who has photographed some of the world’s most dangerous places, credits the challenge of tree-planting for her physical endurance. In Forest for the Trees, her first feature film, she revisits her past to share the lessons she learned. The film introduces us to everyday life on the “cut-block” and the brave souls who fight through rough terrains and work endless hours to bring our forests to life. The rugged BC landscape comes to life magically in Leistner’s photography, but it’s the quirky characters and nuggets of wisdom shared around the campfire that tell a sincere story of community. -MJ


Transportation Partner

Community Partner

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Premiere
    British Columbia
  • Director
    Rita Leistner
  • Producer
    Rita Leistner
  • Executive Producer
    Linda Leistner, Henry Leistner
  • Cinematographer
    Rita Leistner
  • Editor
    Darby MacInnis
  • Animator
    Alex Komza, Nick Sewell
  • Sound Design
    Chandra Bulucon
  • Music
    Kevin Quain