A family lived nine months without modern conveniences.

Family goes into the wild

Awareness Film Night in Sooke presents All the Time in the World

A family of five (mom, dad, kids aged 10, 8 and 4) leave their comfortable life in Dawson City to spend nine months in a small cabin with no road access, electricity, running water, phone, internet or even clocks.

On Wednesday, May 13, the Awareness Film Night Season Finale will feature the documentary created from this experience: All the Time In the World, a film that explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic, technology-laden lives.

Director Suzanne Crocker (the mom), who switched careers from rural family physician to filmmaker explains,  “This is not a survival in the wilderness documentary, nor is it a documentary about living off the grid.  All the Time in the World is about opening possibilities in the fabric of our lives.”

Indeed, what many people 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 intimate, magical film is a result of that and so depicts it very beautifully, naturally, and often homourously.

All the Time in the World is definitely an all-ages film. In fact, amongst the many Best Documentary/Audience Choice awards it has garnered in film festivals all over the world (including an Audience Favourite at the Victoria Film Festival) was a recent “Best Picture” award as chosen by a youth jury ages 13-19 at the Reel to Real International Festival for Youth in Vancouver.

“All the Time in the World  is near perfection. The images cast a spell and so does the story,” writes Ken Eisner in Vancouver’s Georgia Strait. And Michael Reid of the Times Colonist gave the film a 5/5, adding “timely and inspiring.”

“One of the best documentaries I have seen… not to be missed,” notes Awareness Film Night organizer Jo Phillips.

There will be no post-screening speakers, although Jo did attend a post screening Q & A with the film’s director and “cast” (i.e. family) at the VIFF, so might be able to answer some audience questions on the making of the film.  And, as always, there will be time for discussion and comments from moviegoers after the screening.

Showtime is 7 to 9 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd.  Admission is by donation.

All the Time in the World, being a first run film, will not be available for the Awareness Film Night library at A Sea of Bloom/Inspire on Otter Point Road, but there are many other documentary DVDs in that film library in case moviegoers are getting twitchy for an Awareness film over the summer.  Film list and more info at www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

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