The West Kootenay EcoSociety is hosting the film Hadwin’s Judgement at the Civic Theatre on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
Based on John Vaillant’s award-winning book The Golden Spruce, the film covers the events that led up to Grant Hadwin’s destruction of an extraordinary 300-year-old tree held sacred by the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii.
A hybrid of drama and documentary, Hadwin’s Judgement interweaves speculation, myth and reality to explore the possible motives and consequences of Hadwin’s crime.
Hadwin, a logging engineer and survivalist, lived and worked happily for many years in BC’s forests, but witnessing the devastation wrought by clear-cutting finally drove him to commit an act that ran contrary to all he had come to value.
The film charts his emotional crusade against the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest, a crusade that ends tragically and mysteriously, leaving Hadwin with a reputation as both a madman and a visionary.
After the film there will be a question period with Herb Hammond, who is featured in the film. Hammond is a West Kootenay forest ecologist, forester, keynote speaker, and award-winning author whose process of ecosystem-based conservation planning has been implemented by First Nations and other rural communities across Canada and around the world over the past four decades.
Tickets will be available at the door: $15 regular, $12 students and EcoSociety members.