Bones of the Forest
Bones of the Forest
Item#: 762
Availability: immediate

Running Time: 80 minutes
G 9-Adult
Velcrow Ripper


"A Koyanisquaatsi meets Natural Born Killers...the true stars are the photography, editing and the music that turns it into the cine-poem that the doc's flak claims it to be."
- Adrian Lackey, Edmonton Vue

"Lyrical, visually gorgeous...this prize winner is a must-see ..employs cutting edge techniques to remind us that time in the natural world is different from the human invention called time."
- Hawaii International Film Festival


- Genie Award
- Best Feature Documentary Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television
- Best Feature Film in 4 categories, Hot Docs Canadian National Documentary Awards
- Special Jury Award, Hawaii International Film Festival



Bones of the Forest is told through the eyes of both native and non-native elders, placing deforestation into the context of colonization. Maintaining an even-handed tone, the filmmakers incorporate the views of loggers, alternative forestry practitioners, a former VP of logging giant MacMillan-Blodell, native elders and longtime protesters. The plight of loggers and their families, made redundant due to over-foresting, is included as yet another damaging social consequence of forestry policy.

Interwoven throughout the film is the dramatic experience of the sights and sounds of the threatened forest. Utilizing a host of cinematic techniques, from time-lapse photography to animation, and a gloriously descriptive and evocative soundscape, the power of Bones of the Forest grows from its quietly stated commitment to the significance of these lands and its respectful granting of a platform to those involved in the crisis. This second feature for Ripper and first for Frise is a major cinematic achievement and a powerful contribution in the fight for global environmental sense.