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Best Environmental Film
79 mins |
Canada |
  • Canadian
  • Environment
Jean-Philippe Marquis
LANGUAGE(S): English
Geo-restrictions: Canada only
Viewing period restrictions: Silvicola will only be available for viewers in Canada for a limited viewing period from noon on Sunday, March 10 (PDT) to 11:59PM on Sunday, March 17 (PDT)


Set amongst the rugged forests and shorelines of British Columbia, Silvicola is a tableau of the complex web of cultural and economic forces which compel and constrain modern forestry practices. A story told through the eyes of an eclectic mix of characters whose lives and livelihoods are intimately entangled with the forest, Silvicola employs sinuating vignettes and industrial soundscapes to explore the tensions and dilemmas between commodification and conservation. Contemplative and sensorially immense, Silvicola embeds the viewer within remote spaces and worksites normally hidden from view, from the verdure of old growth canopies to the destructive gigantism of mechanical harvesting to the numbing rhythm of sapling nurseries. A study of both our connection and disconnection with the forest, Silvicola is a film which demands a rethink of the divisions between natural and industrial worlds by spotlighting the hidden labour and logics of modern forestry.

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This film was part of VIMFF 2024 and is no longer available for viewing.

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Jury Quote

Thoughtful, well-paced and diverse in perspective, Silvicola invites the viewer to meet those for whom the forest is an integral part of their lives. The vignette style set this film apart, making space for reflection, while the sound design created an immersive experience of the forests and industries that rely on the trees.

– Megan Cotterell, VIMFF 2024 Jury


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