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Force of Nature

The David Suzuki Movie
E1 Films
February, 2012
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Banyen's Description: 

David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a ‘last lecture’—what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.”

Filmed before a live audience, in front of a memory box of moving, distilled images, he articulates a core, urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we re-think our relationship with the natural world. Suzuki looks unflinchingly at the strains on our interconnected web of life—and out of our dire present circumstances, he offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival.

This beautifully crafted, articulate film shows David speaking of the interconnectedness we are as a species, and that we should have a stronger connection to place and what that means. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life—creating a biography of ideas—forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years.

Suzuki does not consider himself to be the greatest of scientific minds, but sees himself as being a good communicator of science to the public, as seen through his long running television show "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki" (1960). His interest in the environment took a stronghold in the 1980s when he was made aware of the fight against logging in Haida Gwai. This connection is now all the more important as his daughter Severn Cullis-Suzuki has since married into the culture.

This smart, fascinating film really gives us a warm ‘download’ of David Suzuki and his ideas.

Special features include “It Takes a Family: The David Suzuki Foundation by Claudia Molina, and “Legacy Lecture – Excerpts.”

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