The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

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Based on forester Peter Wohlleben's bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, the film follows Wohlleben through forests in Europe and BC as he contends that trees are social beings who share food through their root systems, protect each other from insects and time their blossoming for bumper years that will outstrip animals’ ability to eat all the seeds.

Wohlleben is not opposed to all logging but points out that monoculture plantations are unhealthy; clear-cutting destroys the potential of young trees and heavy machinery does irreversible damage by compacting the soil. There are alternative approaches.


A walk in the woods will never be the same after watching this film. The film is full of lovely images, macro close-ups and time-lapse photography.


Co-presented by World Community and the Comox Valley Land Trust

  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Germany