‘Call Of The Forest’ , is a beautifully shot piece that follows acclaimed Irish medical biochemist, botanist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger on her global journey exploring the science, folklore, and restoration challenges facing forests, an essential eco-system. In the movie, which runs one hour (followed by a Q&A), Diana visits the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.
The movie includes some of the world’s foremost experts in reforestation. Dr. Akira Miyawaki, a worldwide specialist in the restoration of natural forest systems on degraded land, shows us how a native forest system can be planted even in the smallest street corner of Tokyo. In addition, Dr. Bill Libby, a pioneer in the field of forest tree genetics, tells us about the impacts of climate change on California’s giant sequoia forests and we are introduced to the Anishinaabe people of Pimachiowin Aki who are working to have 33,400 square kilometers of boreal forest in Canada recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Call of the Forest sounds the alarm by calling for immediate action on a global scale, but at its heart, this is a story of triumph, proposing a simple strategy for each of us to combat climate change by planting trees in our own yards and neighborhoods.