Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
CANADA, 2010, 93 minutes
Producer: Janice Tufford
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
At 73 years of age, David Suzuki, the iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist, delivers what he describes as "a last lecture – a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die."
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie interweaves this lecture with scenes from Suzuki's life and lifetime – the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years.
In this biography of ideas, Suzuki articulates a core, urgent message: We have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we rethink our relationship with the natural world. He looks unflinchingly at the strains on the interconnected web of life and offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival.
David Suzuki holds twenty-four honorary degrees from academic institutions around the world and has written forty-eight books. A household name synonymous with nature and science, he was voted one of the top ten greatest Canadians of all time in 2004, ranking ahead of Wayne Gretzky and Sir John A. Macdonald. He is best known as the host of the long-running CBC TV show The Nature of Things and as a pioneering and passionate environmentalist. At the age of seventy-five, he shows no signs of slowing down. By all measures David Suzuki is extraordinary, and you can't help but wish that everyone cared about the earth as much as he does. But what drove him to become the phenomenon he is? This engrossing documentary guides us through his life and reveals the key events and people that shaped him.
Winner, People's Choice Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival, 2010
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