Bones of the Forest is told through the eyes of both native and non-native elders,
placing deforestation into the context of colonization. Maintaining an even-handed tone,
the filmmakers incorporate the views of loggers, alternative forestry practitioners, a former
VP of logging giant MacMillan-Blodell, native elders and longtime protesters. The plight of
loggers and their families, made redundant due to over-foresting, is included as yet another
damaging social consequence of forestry policy.
Interwoven throughout the film is the dramatic
experience of the sights and sounds of the threatened forest.
Utilizing a host of cinematic techniques, from time-lapse photography
to animation, and a gloriously descriptive and evocative soundscape,
the power of Bones of the Forest grows from its quietly stated
commitment to the significance of these lands and its respectful
granting of a platform to those involved in the crisis. This
second feature for Ripper and first for Frise is a major cinematic
achievement and a powerful contribution in the fight for global