Marie Michael Library
Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour
This film compares modern logging with forestry as practiced for 10,000 years by First Nations people. Inspired by his relationship with a Kwaxkwaka'wakw elder, filmmaker Richard Boyce contrasts the tree-farms surrounding his home with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast of Canada. Boyce travels to an area of Vancouver Island where trees, ranging from 1,200-year-old giants to seedlings, thrive along the banks of an ancient river floodplain in the temperate rainforest. Little remains of the civilization that prospered there for 10,000 years.