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What Trees Talk About

Official Selection
CinemAmbiente - Environmental Film Festival
Official Selection
International Green Culture Festival
Screening
Science Fair Festival hosted by the Goethe Institute

With an original look and suggestive images, Canadian director Ryszard Hunka shows us the power of the Boreal Forest to shape life: not only that of the plants and animals that live within it, but of the entire planet. (Translated)

L’Associazione e la Cooperativa Sociale “Triciclo”

An absolutely fabulous documentary on the ecology of Canada's boreal forest.

Dawn Bazely

Professor in biology in the Faculty of Science, and the former Director of the Institute for Research Innovation in Sustainability, at York University in Canada

With an original look and suggestive images, Canadian director Ryszard Hunka shows us the power of the Boreal Forest to shape life: not only that of the plants and animals that live within it, but of the entire planet. (Translated)

L’Associazione e la Cooperativa Sociale “Triciclo”

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The Story

Narrated by scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki, What Trees Talk About: Secrets in the Boreal Forest is an awe-inspiring look at the secret and dynamic life of trees in the boreal forests of the north – how they communicate, wage war and work together to transform their world and ours.

Director Ryszard Hunka, uses spectacular panoramic visuals and high-end CGI animation to show us Earth’s largest land-based biome, the boreal forest.  Its extreme environment places a high demand on the flora and fauna of the region to adapt to survive. This fascinating journey into the heart of the boreal, reveals the hidden social connections that allow trees to thrive in harsh conditions, from sharing food and water through their roots, to starving out the squirrels that stand in the way of reproduction – boreal forest trees even band together to change the weather.

What Trees Talk About: Secrets in the Boreal Forest offers a fresh perspective, debunking the common myth that trees are inactive, solitary beings. Leading edge researchers and scientists such as Stan Boutin (University of Alberta), Annie Desrochers (Université du Quebec en Abitibi Témiscamingue), John Gunn (Laurentian University), Jill Johnstone (University of Saskatchewan), Andrew McAdam and Ryan Norris (University of Guelph), Andrew Tanentzap (University of Cambridge) and Joel Thornton (University of Washington) take us on a tour of the boreal realm.

How will this force of nature, which has been integral to the health of our planet for over 10,000 years, change with the onslaught of climate change? And can these boreal species adapt quickly enough to survive?

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CBC Version / DVD - 44 minutes

International Broadcast Version - 52 minutes

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Production Format: 

For distribution and sales information (World, excluding North America) please contact PBS International.

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For educational sales (North America), please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

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Duration(s)

CBC Version / DVD - 44 minutes

International Broadcast Version - 52 minutes

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About The Team

Writer & Director
Ryszard Hunka

MERIT MOTION PICTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION PRESENTS “WHAT TREES TALK ABOUT” 

DIRECTOR AND WRITER RYSZARD HUNKA

CREATIVE PRODUCER ERNA BUFFIE 

EDITOR GIL TETREAULT

ORIGINAL MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

CINEMATOGRAPHY KEITH EIDSE

PRODUCED BY MERIT JENSEN CARR & SANDRA MOORE

Released:
2017