A Sense of Wonder
Winter 2009 Special Presentations series
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm
Directed by Christopher Monger
Screenplay by Kaiulani Lee
Starring Kaiulani Lee
Rated NR ·
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962 the backlash from her critics thrust her into the centre of a political maelstrom. Despite her private persona, her convictions about the risk posed by chemical pesticides forcered her into the role of controversial public figure.
Using many of Miss Carson’s own words, Kaiulani Lee embodies this extraordinary woman in a documentary style film, which depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger, the attacks by the chemical industry, government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to the Congress and the American people.
This film is a poignant portrait of Carson’s life as she emerges as America’s most successful advocate for the natural world. A Sense of Wonder was beautifully shot in HD by Oscar winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler at Carson’s cabin on the coast of Maine.