This week at Vancity Theatre, watch an exceptional roster of leading scientists led by Hubert Reeves elucidates the climate crisis in the inspiring environmental rallying cry: Earth: Seen from the Heart. Then, join BC filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper as they outline the creative responses to the climate crisis being spearheaded by scientists, artists, activists and agriculturalists, in Metamorphosis. Last up, we have Summer in the Forest, an extraordinarily tender documentary that will make you laugh, cry and make you reflect on what it means to be human.
Read on for some opinions from critics and then drop in to see the film and make up your own mind!
June 26 – July 1
“…that rare environmental film that doesn’t want to leave its audiences hopeless or paralyzed with fear as the end credits roll.” – Sabrina Furminger, Vancouver Courier
“Its message of loss, grief and required evolution is well-delivered – even inspiring.” – The Globe and Mail
“The imagery is frequently breathtaking, even when showing a terrifying event like a raging forest fire.” – The Star
Earth Seen From Heart
June 26 – July 1
“The combination of great beauty and great sadness runs throughout the film… Most of the information in Earth: Seen from the Heart is not new, but seeing it collected provides a certain weight and gravity.” – Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee
Summer in the Forest
“Wright satisfies in providing a glimpse of an alternative community and lifestyle that appears near-idyllic without being painted in terms that are too sentimental or cute. The sylvan setting (maximized by some verdant drone shots) adds a lyrical air that ‘Summer’ doesn’t oversell, and is complemented by John Harle’s attractive original score.” – Variety
“It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. And it will remind you of what it really means to be strong.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“An extraordinarily tender documentary that asks what it means to be human. Here, even the most gentle scenes raise mighty questions.” – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times
“Wright’s film is a beautiful and deeply empathetic depiction of this community, a portrait of Vanier and his philosophy of compassion as the source of true human connection, found and forged with those who have otherwise been cast out by society.” – LA Times
100% on Rotten Tomatoes