A Series of 4 Programs
The Sacred Balance
4-part series that celebrates the meeting of science and spirit.
Produced by Robert Lang
Produced by Kensington Communications in association with Sacred Balance Productions
Produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Public Broadcasting Service, the National Science Foundation and Vision TV and Canal D
Series Host and Narrator: David Suzuki
Creative Producer/Writer: Amanda McConnell
Based on David Suzuki's best-selling book of the same name, and filmed on five continents, THE SACRED BALANCE celebrates a new scientific worldview, an inclusive vision of nature in which we human beings are intimately connected to all life processes on Earth.
"A timeless piece, brilliantly conceived and executed, and an example of science and environment exposition at its best." E. O. Wilson, Harvard University
With Suzuki as our guide, we visit the best minds of the age. Philosophers, scholars, priests, and shamans all share their visions and perspectives of the universe. Scientists such as E.O.Wilson, Ary Goldberger, Brian Goodwin, Wade Davis, Stephen Lansing and James Lovelock reveal the meaning behind their perceptions and discoveries. We hear astonishing tales of the world's infinite complexity. Through many knowledgeable eyes, guided by many wise hearts, we are reminded of who we are: creatures of the Earth, biological beings totally dependent upon the planet's life support systems.
The titles in this series are:
Journey into New Worlds - Suzuki celebrates the birth of a new scientific worldview that is holistic rather reductionist.
The Matrix of Life - Suzuki travels the world exploring our intimate relationship with water and air.
The Fire of Creation - Suzuki explores the latest scientific findings which amplify the age-old reverence for the sun.
Coming Home - Suzuki explores biophilia -- the innate, hereditary need of human beings to affiliate with nature.
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-028-6
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-013-8
"THE SACRED BALANCE is a spiritual, holistic and almost poetic take on the science of the planet...it launch[es] the viewer's mind into a different space."
Liane Faulder, The Edmonton Journal
"Suzuki's talent has always been to take broad scientific topics and decipher and deliver them to viewers in plain, accessible terms. He's very good at it...while there's much to digest in this series, his tone is always patient and pragmatic"
Andrew Ryan, The Globe and Mail
"The Sacred Balance is a challenge to all who watch it, a cornucopia of amazing comments and predictions. It's designed to make you think."
Jim Bawden, Toronto Star, Starweek Magazine
"Stunning cinematography and state of the art computer graphics"
Andrea Nemetz, Halifax Chronicle Herald
"An enthralling, beautifully shot series...It's one of the most important and engrossing programs you'll see all year... [it] might very well go down as the crowning achievement in the career of David Suzuki."
Basem Boshra, The Montreal Gazette
"A timeless piece, brilliantly conceived and executed, and an example of science and environment exposition at its best."
E.O.Wilson, Harvard University
"Strikingly beautiful and sometimes even profound...[it] becomes increasingly affecting as it piles up scientific research with remarkable dexterity."
Tony Atherston, The Ottawa Citizen
Educational Media Reviews Online
"[A] captivating examination of how the Earth's systems interact and depend on one another...Approaching the subject from a wide variety of cultural and philosophical viewpoints, Suzuki makes the point that we are a vital part of this 'web of life, ' and challenges viewers to feel that connection and then change the way we act towards our planet."
"Features stunning visuals and is unique in providing a multicultural perspective and philosophical points of view not usually studied with science."
School Library Journal
The 2-DVD series contains the following special features:
* David Suzuki commentary and biography
* Extended interviews and biographies of E.O. Wilson, James Lovelock, Wade Davis, Brian Swimme and others
* Spectacular extra scene of an Inuit song
* DVD-ROM features: complete transcripts, articles, biographies, and web links
Note: In this DVD version you must buy the entire series. Programs 1 and 2 are on Disc 1, and Programs 3 and 4 are on Disc 2.
The Sacred Balance web site
David Suzuki Foundation web site
Producer's web site
Awards and Festivals
National Primetime Broadcast on PBS
Science and Society Prize, International Television Science Program Festival, Paris
Golden Sheaf Award, Best Science/Nature, Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Planet in Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Forests and Rainforests
2-part series based on the book Biomimicry - a new science that studies nature 's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.
Portrays the life and work of the famous eco-theologian.
Putting the role of human beings in the biosphere back into proper perspective.
Makes a compelling scientific and ethical case for maintaining biodiversity.
The Nature of David Suzuki
Portrait of geneticist David Suzuki, host of "The Nature of Things."