The Magnitude of All Things

The Magnitude of All Things

When Abbott lost her sister to cancer, sorrow opened her up to the gravity of climate break-down. She draws parallels between personal and planetary grief.

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When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. Abbott’s new documentary ”The Magnitude of All Things” draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Stories from the frontlines of climate change merge with recollections from the filmmaker’s childhood on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What do these stories have in common? The answer, surprisingly, is everything. For the people featured, climate change is not happening in the distant future: it is kicking down the front door. Battles waged, lamentations of loss, and raw testimony coalesce into an extraordinary tapestry, woven together with raw emotion and staggering beauty that transform darkness into light, grief into action.




  • projection time:
    85 min.
  • country/year:
    Canada / 2020
  • director:
    Jennifer Abbott
  • pictures:
    Vince Arvidson
  • production:
    Jennifer Abbott, Andrew Williamson, Henrike Meyer, Shirley Vercruysse / Flying Eye Productions, Cedar Island Films, National Film Board of Canada
  • awards :
    2020 – IDFA Amsterdam, 2020 – Venice IFF

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