Forest for the Trees + Q&A

Screening as part of Take One Action Film Festival 2023. Take One Action is an ad-free festival: please take your seats in the cinema at the advertised start time. A war photographer's immensely moving documentary about a group of tree planters, where emotional renewal is threaded with that of the land. Planting trees is backbreaking work, done at an exhausting pace: physically gruelling, emotionally demanding, and often done in solitude amidst barren, inhospitable environments. And yet, to a community of tree planters on the Canadian west coast, some kind of rare, inimitable healing emerges from such hardship – from the bearing down of bodies on hard earth. Award-winning war photographer Rita Leistner, who was once a tree planter, captures the unbearably moving ways that tree planting intertwines the small with the vast, the individual with the collective. A fascinating and deeply human portrait of labour, where personal reckonings with grief and loss are echoed in the earth, being replanted one tree at a time. BEYOND THE SCREEN: Join us in conversation after the film to explore questions around the human cost of environmental action - and the role of connection and community in the ongoing fight for climate justice. The introduction and post-film conversation will be live captioned. English and French with English closed captions. Content notes: Contains discussions of self harm, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, with a brief mention of climate grief. Contains depictions of scars from self harm. DocumentaryPT1H31MN/C 12+2023-12-10
Rita Leistner
Rita Leistner
Forest for the Trees + Q&A"Forest for the Trees + Q&A"


December 10, 7:20 pm