“All the Time in the World” Youth Disconnecting to Reconnect Documentary Film
There were two screenings of the film, a total of 576 students attended from St. Vincent Euphrasia, Georgian Bay Community School, Beaver Valley Community School and Homeschoolers.
The Earth Week Organizing Team strongly feels that the funding was a worthwhile investment. Why? Based on the immediacy of, and quality of participant feedback, it is fair to say that the youth were extremely engaged in the documentary message; a coming together in the wilderness to rediscover one’s self, and family within the natural world.
The two school reports (include below) indicate a high level of engagement and personal reflection on the part of the students. The comments suggest that the students were thinking about the quality of life of the ‘The Family’ in the Yukon wilderness related to their own lives. Student reflections from their classroom discussions:
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Learning conflict resolution based on proximity; Developing interpersonal skills i.e. patience, bonding, sharing; Food security & quality; Satisfaction with ones accomplishments; Interest in other species; Absence of technology; Desire to become one with nature; Connecting personal efforts with survival (wood chopping, food & warmth); Enjoying the beauty & serenity of the natural world; Creative & imaginative projects i.e. magic mail box, wedding, and below ground tee-pee; Being resourceful i.e. backup home in case of fire, and Knowing yourself ─ “I loved the isolation because I don’t people.”
Feedback from a St Vincent Euphrasia teacher on behalf of her students:
Both my students and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. When I first watched the trailer I knew I was very interested in watching it, but was worried that it might be a bit slow for my students, but this was not the case. I have some high energy/short attention span students in my class who said they really enjoyed the film and it did keep their interest. When we got back to school we spoke about the film. The students spoke most about the Great Horned Owl being eaten, especially because we spent an entire morning during one of our forest school outings learning about this owl, so they had a personal connection to that bird. Other comments were about the dad getting stuck on the snowmobile, the bear and the dad needing stitches in his finger. One student did question who was doing all the filming and whether there was a camera crew staying with them meaning they weren’t as isolated as they appeared. I felt this comment was quite thoughtful coming from an 8 year old. This led to a discussion about what a “documentary” was and that it was the mom doing the camera work.
I’m glad we got to be a part of this. This was an excellent film, and my students were able to connect with it quite well. Thanks for organizing this Jaden.
Feedback from the Grade 8 class at Georgian Bay Community School: Dear Jaden and Earth Day Committee, Thank you for inviting our school to the amazing movie, All the Time in the World. Our Grade 8 class really enjoyed the film. We loved all the different ways that the family worked together to survive and have a comfortable life. We loved how they were incredibly creative and used their imagination to fill their time.
On behalf of the 2017 Earth Week Organizing Team, a sincere thank you for taking a chance on our project. We hope that you are pleased with your investment in youth.