A Sense of Wonder

Poster for A Sense of Wonder

Winter 2009 Special Presentations series

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Christopher Monger

Screenplay by Kaiulani Lee

Starring Kaiulani Lee

Rated NR · 1h 33m

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.