The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees


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Don’t miss this special Science on Screen presentation of the acclaimed documentary, The Hidden Life of Trees, featuring an in-person introduction by Dr. Kelly Heilman, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona’s Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research.  Dr. Heilman’s presentation, “Listening to the Trees: What tree rings tell us about the future of our forests,” will explore the vital role that tree ring analysis plays in our understanding  of  the often-mysterious “hidden life of trees.”

This event is co-presented by the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

Based on Peter Wohlleben’s international bestseller, this eye-opening, stunningly-photographed documentary explores the secret world of trees. With Wohlleben as our guide, we journey deep into vast German forests to study the ways in which trees communicate and take care of each other. Drawing on groundbreaking scientific discoveries, Wohlleben describes how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. By mapping these hidden networks and relationships, Wohlleben gives us a better understanding of the vegetable world – and perhaps also some ideas of how to structure our own society.  After watching The Hidden Life of Trees, you’ll never look at a tree the same way again.  (Dir. by Jorg Adolph/Jan Haft, 2021, Germany, in German/Korean/English/Polish with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)

Dr. Kelly Heilman is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, working with Dr. Margaret Evans. In her research, Kelly aims to understand and predict how forests will respond to climate change.  Dr. Heilman holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.

1 HR 41 MIN

Released 2020
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