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Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko star in "To the Wonder."

WATCH LIST: April 2013

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?


Tripping the World Fantastic:
A Journey Through the
Music of Our Planet
BY GLENN DIXON (Dundurn Press)


Being human means being musical. Every culture combines rhythm and pitch in ways that move our toes to tap and hearts to sing. Drawing on recent scientific insights and visiting master musicians from a variety of traditions, Calgary writer Glenn Dixon gets to the roots of our melody-making impulse. April 6

Revolution
DIRECTED BY ROB STEWART (Big Screen Entertainment, Inc.)


Following up his award-winning documentary Sharkwater, Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart travels to 15 countries in four years for a startling look at ecosystems on the edge. Stunning images of coral reefs and Alberta’s sprawling oil sands speak to both the wonders of nature and the heartbreak of its ongoing degradation. With humanity itself in danger of extinction, the time for revolution is now, Stewart argues. April 12

To the Wonder
DIRECTED BY TERRENCE MALICK, STARRING OLGA KURYLENKO, BEN AFFLECK AND RACHEL MCADAMS
(Redbud Pictures)


A love sparked in Paris begins to fall apart in Oklahoma. Marina (Olga Kurylenko) finds herself growing away from her husband, Neil (Ben Affleck), and gets sympathy from a local priest. Neil, in turn, drifts toward an old flame. Tree of Life director Terrence Malick brings a mystic sensibility to his exploration of love and faith. April 19

Consumed: Sustainable
Food for a Finite Planet
BY SARAH ELTON (HarperCollins Canada)


Locavore author Sarah Elton turns her attention to the global state of food production in her new book Consumed. How will our planet feed an estimated nine billion people by 2050, especially with climate change in full swing? With industrial-scale agriculture vulnerable to disruption, Elton seeks out alternative models, talking to farmers and innovators dedicated to securing the future of food. April 23


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