Borealis is a 90-minute documentary about the global boreal forest, also known as the taiga in Russia and Snow Forest in Europe.
The film tells the story of how the forest rebuilds itself after a fire. It is a process that biologists call “succession”, in which progressive waves of plants and animals take over the landscape, constantly changing it until the forest reaches a climax and must burn again. Parallel to that story, Borealis will explore what the forest means to people in different nations who depend on it; including indigenous people, scientists, cottagers, hunters, loggers and miners.
Borealis tells the story of how the forest rebuilds itself after a fire and explores what the forest means to the people who depend on it.
In real life, this is a story that unfolds over many decades in a biome that covers 10 countries, countless regions and 16.6 million square kilometres. Borealis will use the magic of cinema to contain that vast action in a documentary that will make this remote, beautiful landscape accessible to all viewers.
Feature Documentary | TVO, NHK, Knowledge Network, NFB | 2018