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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
It took a film about death to remind me how beautiful life truly is. A Will for the Woods took on a topic that makes people cringe and cry, in a beautiful and in-depth way.
I was hooked by the intensely deep connection the film builds with cancer victim Clark Wang as he prepares for his own inevitable passing. He is a bubbly person with quirky humor, a bit of breaking out into dance and a loving heart of gold. Through Wang’s story the documentary deals with problems in the funeral industry and the green burial movement.
At first I felt torn by the ethical issues in the film; the documentary itself hinged on the inevitable outcome of Wang’s death. As the film continued I wondered, is this a form of exploitation? However in the Q&A with filmmakers Amy Brown, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson, they informed the audience they had only started working with Wang once he received “the ticking clock”. Though heartbreaking, this alleviated concerns as the filmmakers were not taking advantage of Wang’s story, but instead sharing its power.
I cried. My mom cried. Everyone cried. During the quieter moments of this touching documentary I could hear snuffling and weeping. But as tears streamed down my face, I was reminded of the picturesque magic in our world. Though death is a looming force for all people, we can still live and love together. It may sound trite, but we all have our moments.