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BRUCE COCKBURN: Visionary?

If A Tree Falls lyrics

Rain forest.
Mist and mystery.
Teeming green
Green brain facing lobotomy

Climate control center for the world !

Ancient cord of coexistence hacked by a parasitic greedhead scam.
From Sarawak to Amazones
Costa Rica to Mangy BC hills –
Cortege rhythm of falling timber
What kind of currency grows in these new deserts – these brand new flood plains?

If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
Does anybody hear the forest fall?

Cut and move on

Cut and move on

Take out trees

Take out wildlife at a rate of a species every single day

Take out people who’ve lived like this for 100,000 years
Inject a billion burgers worth of beef – (McDonalds)
Grain eaters – methane dispensers – (MOO!)

Through thinning ozone
Waves fall on wrinkled earth
Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars
Speak of a drowning

But this, this is something other

Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world

Where wild things have to go
To disappear

Forever

If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the desert does anybody hear?
Does anybody hear the forest fall?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A documentary chronicling singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s trip to a remote area of Nepal will be screened this year as part of the 2008 Banff Mountain Festival.

Return to Nepal, directed by filmmaker Robert Lang, is one of 50 films chosen from more than 250 entries from 37 countries that will be up for prizes at the festival, which runs at the Banff Centre from Nov. 1 to 9.

The festival usually focuses on films that feature mountaineers and extreme athletes.

Return to Nepal is about Cockburn’s trip to Humla in Nepal’s northwest corner, an area he first visited 20 years ago when it was officially off-limits to foreigners.

Stranded — I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains revisits the survivors of the plane crash in the Andes that was the basis of the bestselling book and movie, Alive.

Zum Dritten Pol (To the Third Pole) features 90-year-old former climber Norman Dyhrenfurth as he tells the tale of his parents, Hettie and Gunter, who led expeditions to the Himalayas in the 1930s. Dyhrenfurth himself guided the first Americans to the top of Everest in 1964. Climber Timmy O’Neill will host the Radical Reels series this year, which offers films about snowboarding, skiing, speed riding, mountain climbing and BASE jumping.

Eccentric director Werner Herzog, known for his films Grizzly Man and Fitzcarraldo, explores the bizarre subculture of scientists in Antarctica in the film Encounters at the End of the World, which will play at the festival on Nov. 8.

An international jury, made up of American Alpine Club president Jim Donini, producer Patrick McCloskey and sports climber Josune Bereziartu, among others, will announce best of festival awards on Nov. 9.

For more information and showtimes visit www.banffcentre.ca

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