This short film is a compilation of work from a few different sources.
The voice over piece comes from a book called Endgame by Derrick Jensen (I do not support Derrick Jensen's recent bigotry, but his ecologically-focused literature is still important to me). Jensen claims that this section of the book was actually authored by a stream and co-authored by a forest.
The images come from various naturally history documentaries. Though people worked hard capturing these images, and deserve credit for their work, I think that the images should be the property of everyone. Hoarding such valuable images from alternative application (other than their important application as natural history material) seems unnecessary and harmful to me.
The music is a bland of two songs:
Eluvium - New Animals from the Air
Brian Eno & Laraaji - Meditation 1
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