Liam Neeson, and filmed everywhere from the USA to Brazil, the Caribbean and Namibia (the cinematography of the natural world shown here is indeed gorgeous), the new documentary LOVE THY NATURE, written, directed and edited by a young filmmaker named Sylvie Rokab is perhaps the perfect film to see for Earth Day. The earth, as this movie tells us, is a single living system in which all is connected (yes, we're talking Gaia here), and even with all the negative stuff currently happening, the earth can self-regulate. (But that self-regulation might just happen once we human beings have effectively wiped ourselves out.)
Stephen R. Kellert (from Biophillic Design), Biomimicry's Dayna Baumeister, NASA consultant Duane Elgin and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen -- among a number of others; animation (that's a little too cute for my taste); and the idea that, however far we've come toward inevitable climate change and destruction, there is still plenty of positive thinking (and doing) with which we can busy ourselves.
Along the way, we learn about Descartes, who, for all his intelligence, was a little dumb about animals, and today's powerful corporations, which are even dumber about almost everything (except profit-making). The movie may bring tears to your eyes and repeatedly, both for its beauty and its hopefulness in the face of the almost completely negative behavior by those in power worldwide.
Cinema Village on Friday, April 22, and in the Los Angeles area at Laemmle's Monica Film Center on Friday, May 6. To learn more about the film and how else you might view it, visit its official web site here.