Viewers’ Comments

“Congratulations on this magnificent film.  It is an amazing idea, a remarkable family and a film with a powerful message to those of us who live busy urban lives.  Anyone watching this will have to ask, what is life all about, why am I in such a hurry, what is it that gives us true happiness.  Thank you for making a film that demands that we answer those questions.”
– DR. DAVID SUZUKI

“It’s a rare treat to see a film these days that leaves you a different person when you walk out of the theater. I had tears of joy as the credits rolled. This film had so much to say about family, time, creativity, nature, and asks some important questions about the time we live in. The film maker communicates her story in such a humble, visual stunning and poetic way. Without a doubt, one of the best films I’ve seen in a long awhile.”
– KATHRYN WEESE.  BC

“It is a rare gem, a documentary that manages to have the character appeal and emotional pull of a fiction film.  It is now on my list of all time favorite documentaries. That’s high praise from someone who watches almost nothing but docs.”
– ANNE DUNSKY.  CALIFORNIA

 

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18 thoughts on “Viewers’ Comments

  1. I am awe of your vision, creativity, presentation, choices of experiences to use in the film, honesty, photography, vulnerability. I am still experiencing the calm presence you all created days later. I felt a part of what you did and I feel like I know you. And I am deeply grateful you shared yourselves in this way with the world. Bless you and thank you!

  2. I saw this film yesterday in the Tel-Aviv Cinemateque. This is a MUST film! A life-changing journey, a gem. This is a film that I will always remember and cherish! Thank you so much for creating it, and I hope it will spread and be watched by millions around the world!

  3. I just got home from your movie Nov 5 in Cobourg Ontario. My high expectations were more than satisfied. This movie will be an all-time movie memory for me now. I’ve paddled the Yukon in summer and hope to go back, this time I will carry your family’s tremendous and inspiring adventure with me as I gaze into the forest. Thanks so much for this amazing work you all did.

  4. I saw this film last night with my 7 year old daughter in Melbourne. She was spellbound… She loved the trick or treating and the clothes funeral. Thanks for making such an inspiring and beautiful film, we enjoyed it heaps xxx

  5. What a great film to remind us what really matters and how we can reconnect to mother earth and appreciate her splendor, adapt to our natural environment, being present in all that we do and most importantly being present with our children. Your documentary was appreciated not only by myself but also my teenage daughter, Kristen who especially enjoyed you and your family’s presence after we saw your documentary in Durban on the 26th of July. Forever grateful!!

  6. I saw this video art piece with my wife last night at the Wakefield International Film Festival, and I want to thank Suzanne and Kate for attending to answer questions, and share their experiences with the audience. This film envelops the viewer with its sincerity, and challenges one’s perspective on family relationships, and our undeniable and intimate interconnection with nature. One of my favourite quotes by Mariam Beard reads, “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – this film bespeaks that notion by taking the viewer not only on a trip into the bush, but on an emotional, humorous and everlasting journey. Thank you Suzanne and family for making this film and hope to visit you all in Dawson City some time!

  7. It’s a magical film that has all of us talking about family values (in the best sense of the term), imagination and creativity and how we experience time passing in our lives.

  8. It’s moving, hilarious, poignant, marvelous, interesting, jaw-dropping and such a compelling story. I have never known such a resourceful, imaginative and warm-hearted family.

  9. It’s beautiful and funny and scary. I love the contrast between the narration and the silence, between the day-to-day tasks and the wildness surrounding you. I love that it’s a record of one family’s experience, and yet reminds all of us of the importance of each moment.

  10. The Family’s return to nature is a lesson for every young family in an age of instant gratification and mass media.

  11. It’s a rare treat to see a film these days that leaves you a different person when you walk out of the theater. I had tears of joy as the credits rolled. This film had so much to say about family, time, creativity, nature, and asks some important questions about the time we live in. The film maker communicates her story in such a humble, visual stunning and poetic way. Without a doubt, one of the best films I’ve seen in a long awhile.

  12. Thank you so much for letting us enter into your world, it’s been a few weeks now since we saw the film and I am still very deeply touched by it. Please email us when the DVD is out, (fingers crossed)! Everyone needs to see this movie, it’s all about FAMILY- a real family!

  13. At the VIFF screening I attended one woman prefaced her question to the now familiar family standing on the stage by saying that she felt like an undeveloped human being. A remarkable insight and response to this glimpse of what is possible when we re-unite with the natural world and flow of life around us. What many of us have suspected is true: if we remove ourselves from the constraints of time and our gadgets, we give space for life to unfold with its inherent creativity and sense of wonder. This film was born from that space and so depicts it naturally and very beautifully. Truly delightful.

  14. If you want a crash course in what a parent can do to create a solid relationship with their children, see this film. It answers, in so many quiet and gentle ways, what is important to a child. I laughed a lot, and cried a bit too, at the intimacy, at the honesty, at the insights provided by this remarkable documentary that gives equal voice to parents and kids about their 9 months in the bush. Not everyone can do this what this family did, but everyone can learn and be inspired by what they share about their experience. Congratulations Suzanne. And thank you!

  15. I loved that film at the VIFFest yesterday! So many others need to see it too! It reminded me of my people – First Nations who have lived that way for 1,000 of years but with more relatives and no money to go buy supplies! I heard on Friday some communities only got running water last year and was reminded that some First Nations communities don’t have any roads or need for phones etc. I am reminded of others who go to the “bush” every year to live off the land as a regular occurrence without any fan fair or even the slightest recognition!

    Thank you to your family for bringing this to light and love of the yesteryears and all that we have had! Yours was a beautiful story, so happy you had the foresight to tape it for all the world to see! :) <3

  16. Hi Suzanne and family. I saw your movie today, Oct 4 in Vancouver. Everything about it was AWESOME! The storyline, the cinematography, the editing. Thankyou for sharing an amazing adventure with an amazing family. I hope this little movie is a humungous success.

  17. I spent several years in the Yukon bush as a child and this film, with it’s intimacy, helped me gain a perspective on my own experience that I don’t think I would have had otherwise. This film seems to touch everyone who sees it. Humorous, sensitive, thought provoking, inspiring… brilliantly done!

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