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The Hidden Life of Trees (2020)

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Something strange happens in forests: trees communicate and take care of each other. They look after their own descendants, but also after their old or sick neighbors. It sounds like the beginning of a fairytale, but these are the astonishing findings of scientists after decades of research. Inspired by the bestseller of the same name, this irresistible declaration of love to the forest takes you deep into an unprecedented world full of unexpected and incredible skills of trees. A walk through the forest will never be the same again.

For years, Peter Wohlleben worked as a forester until he noticed that something is fundamentally wrong with our attitude towards trees. We merely see them as suppliers of things we need: oxygen, firewood or building materials. His book The Hidden Life of Trees appeared in more than 40 countries and was a real eye-opener for many people. The film combines Wohlleben's experiences from the forest with the latest scientific insights and gives us a whole new and exciting introduction to a world we thought we knew. With Wohlleben as a guide we travel to Sweden, where we find the oldest tree on earth, and to Canada where companies are looking for new ways to deal with deforestation. Simply replanting a chopped plot with new trees is not the solution to preserve the forest in all its richness and complexity. It is time - just like Peter Wohlleben - to listen to what the trees themselves have to say.

Directors: Jörg Adolph, Jan Haft
Writers: Jörg Adolph, Peter Wohlleben
Producers: Susann Funke, Martin Moszkowicz, Friederich Oetker
Composers: Freya Arde
Cinematographers: Daniel Schönauer
Runtime: 1h 41mn
Country: Germany
Language: German, Korean, English, Polish

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytPSqGgp8UA

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I had to re-do the torrent, so far at least once, because the initial 720 rip I uploaded was German only. I think the one I have going now has English subtitles...

ETA: This copy of the documentary has forced English subtitles as well as German subtitles.

TheCorsair00 wrote:

I had to re-do the torrent, so far at least once, because the initial 720 rip I uploaded was German only. I think the one I have going now has English subtitles...
ETA: This copy of the documentary has forced English subtitles as well as German subtitles.

forced? that's subtitle rape!!! I prefer consensual subtitles :P
i'll get my coat!

I am not even entirely sure I used the terminology correctly. I think the video encoding program made the English subtitles default, which means they show up automatically when you play the video. But it also contains German subtitles and "forced" German subtitles, which I think means if you are German and watching this video without any subtitles on, there are a few different parts in the movie where there is a foreign language being spoken that you won't understand unless the "forced" subtitles are selected...

By the way, I found the YouTube trailer for this documentary to be a little bit misleading. First of all, there is no English narration, like in the trailer, and not nearly as much amazing time-lapsed photography. Mostly it is video of the German author speaking at symposiums and showing people trees etc.