The Hidden Life of Trees

New York Times Critics' Pick
98 mins.
Directed by Jörg Adolph
English, German, Korean, and Polish with subtitles
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Mon, 5/23

Aaron Mair, "Forever Adirondacks" director at the Adirondack Council, joins us for a live introduction as part of Science on Screen®.

When Peter Wohlleben published his book The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015, he stormed the charts overnight: no-one had ever written about the German woods like the forester from the parish of Wershofen before.

Wohlleben tells us in an entertaining and enlightening fashion about the solidarity and cohesion of the trees, and strikes a chord with his ever-growing community of readers: he brings us closer to these astounding living entities in guided tours of the woods and readings.

Wohlleben travels to Sweden to see the oldest tree in the world; he visits businesses in Vancouver that are looking for a new approach to how to treat the woods; he sides with the Hambacher Forst demonstrators. Because he knows that we humans can only survive if the woods are healthy – and that the eleventh hour is already upon us…

Topic: The urgency of wilderness protection

Extending for hundreds of miles, the forest floor is a living and symbiotic network of complex organisms. Join environmental justice pioneer Aaron Mair as he shares his ideas on how communities might come together to co-create new models for ensuring the protection, restoration, and resilience of one of earth's most precious resources: our land.

Speaker: Aaron Mair, "Forever Adirondacks" director at the Adirondack Council

Aaron Mair, "Forever Adirondacks" director at the Adirondack Council, is an environmental justice pioneer who has worked over the last 40 years in the spaces of health, environment, climate change disparities, and wilderness protection. He is an urban environmental activist and a regional and national environmental justice organizer and strategist who has advised two presidents and Congress, served on the national board of directors of the Sierra Club as its 57th president, and as the New York State Atlantic Chapter Chair. 

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

"Directed by Jörg Adolph, the documentary THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize Wohlleben’s observations." Devika Girish. A New York Times Critic's Pick!