The Hidden Life of Trees
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The Hidden Life of Trees presented with Newport Tree Conservancy

Now in-theater on September 14th at 7:30

"Jörg Adolph uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize a German forester’s contention that trees are social, sentient beings." -NY Times

Peter Wohlleben, a forester in Hümmel, Germany, has become an internationally acclaimed author for his insightful and inspiring books about ecology and the environment, none more so than his 2015 bestseller "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World." Wohlleben has been celebrated for his impassioned discussion of the wonders of tree life and the terrible mismanagement of modern forestry, as well as his ability to explain complex bioscience for the general reader, particularly how the exchange of nutrients and chemical information among trees might rightfully be thought of as a communication network. The forest ecologist Suzanne Simard would later coin the phrase the "Wood-Wide Web" to describe this phenomenon.

Jörg Adolph's documentary follows Wohlleben as he travels to Sweden to see the oldest tree in the world; visits a British Columbia company looking for a more sustainable approach to sourcing timber from Native lands; attends a demonstration against logging in Germany's Hambacher Forest; gives classes and forest tours; and makes appearances around Europe to discuss his book and the wonders of trees.

A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to Newport Tree Conservancy 

About Newport Tree Conservancy: 
The Newport Tree Conservancy is dedicated to fostering a healthy urban forest in the City of Newport, Rhode Island, through a permanent tree management and planting program, for the benefit of present and future citizens of Newport. We accomplish our mission through education initiatives, planting programs, and community engagement.

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Peter Wohlleben





84 min


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