Dir. Mindaugas Survila | Lithuania | 2017 | 85 mins
The Ancient Woods is a nature documentary, but not as we know it. Filmed in one of the last remaining expanses of old growth forest in Lithuania, the minimalist filmmaking showcases the forest’s extraordinary wilderness, with animals preening, posturing, nesting and feeding as the seasons change around them.
Deeply observational and void of commentary, the film is instead narrated by the sounds of the woods; rustling winds, bird calls, river currents and creaking trees. Immerse yourself in stunning, ancient wildness, and enjoy a deeply meditative experience.
Dr Paul Sinclair is a Director of Campaigns at the Australian Conservation Foundation leading climate change and energy, nature protection, economics, government relations, democracy and community organising programs. He is a past Chair of the Australian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and a former board member of the Office of Environmental Programs at the University of Melbourne and Waterkeepers Australia. Dr Sinclair has published extensively on environmental history, economics and politics. In his spare time he volunteers as president of a large community sporting club, and convenes the Community Sport Alliance. His favourite Australian films are Proof, Sunday Too Far Away and 100 Bloody Acres.