A Will for the Woods is a groundbreaking (ha! pun intended) documentary about the growing of the green burial movement in the U.S., focused on one man’s cancer journey toward a sustainable final resting place. The highly-praised film is only just starting to become available after its film festival debut in April, 2013.
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Here’s a synopsis of the film:
A man’s passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark has discovered the movement to further sustainable funerals that conserve natural areas.
Enabling Clark’s wish is green burial pioneer Joe Sehee, who aims to realize this concept’s vast potential by helping define its goals and standards and endeavoring to open the world’s largest conservation burial ground.
Moved by Clark’s persistence and relying on Joe’s guidance, local cemetarian Dyanne Matzkevich, though avowedly “not a greenie,” establishes the first natural burial ground in North Carolina. Together she and Clark endeavor to protect the tract of forest adjacent to her conventional cemetery, developing a close bond. While Clark continues the battle to overcome his illness, he and his partner Jane find great comfort in the thought that his death – whenever it happens – will be a force for regeneration.
A Will for the Woods is an immersive, life-affirming depiction of people coming to terms with mortality by embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.
The film received two awards at its premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: the Audience Award and the Environmental Award (presented by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment).
TED Blog named us one of “9 documentaries that you need to see this year” calling it a “must-see documentary” which “has the potential to affect not just individual viewers but the American way of death.”
Learn more about the film at AWillForTheWoods.com