Feature Documentary
Co-producer: National Film Board of Canada
Broadcasters: TVO; Arte/ZDF; NHK; Knowledge Network
Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Produced in association with:
The Rogers Documentary Fund
Ontario Creates
German Biodiversity Film Award, NaturVision Film Festival, 2020
Città di Sondrio, First Prize, Sondrio Festival, 2020
Homeland Earth Award, Silbersalz Science and Media Festival, 2021
The Green Heart Award, Festival Atmospheres, 2021
Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series, Canadian Screen Awards, 2022
Best Photography, Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards, 2022
Hot Docs, 2020
NaturVision Film Festival, 2020
Sondrio International Documentary Festival, 2020
Transitions Film Festival, 2021
Trento Film Festival, 2021
Silbersalz Science and Media Festival, 2021
Festival Atmospheres, 2021
Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, 2021
Belleville Downtown DocFest, 2022

Project Info:

Kevin McMahon has succeeded in producing an entertaining and important film from a difficult-to-access and often-overlooked region of the Earth.

NaturVision Film Festival Jury

They are home to wolves, elks and tigers: the boreal forests of the north. They store more carbon than all the rainforests put together and, as such, are crucial for the world’s climate. Where permanently frozen ground is mostly covered in metre-high snow, and summer is dominated by drought, conifers and ground-cover plants are accustomed to fire. Some plants even need the flames to survive.

But since humans have been heating the planet artificially, the fires have been too frequent and too severe for the snow forests to adjust.

Breathtaking aerial images, deep insights into evolution, ecology and biodiversity, and side trips with the inhabitants of this climate zone – large and small.