A Sense of Wonder (55 minutes) is an intimate and poignant film based on Rachel Carson’s own words. Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907– April 14, 1964) was a marine biologist, zoologist, acclaimed author and “the patron saint of the environmental movement.” Through the power of her knowledge and the beauty of her language, Rachel Carson was one of the great champions of the natural world. Actress Kaiulani Lee portrays the extremely private Rachel Carson in the final year of her life when Carson becomes a controversial public figure following the publication of her book, Silent Spring, in 1962. The book alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides and launched the modern environmental movement. Shot on location in Carson’s cabin on the Maine coast by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the film is based on Kaiulani Lee’s critically acclaimed one-woman play of the same name.
Ellie Goldberg of the Green Decade/Newton will lead a discussion of Rachel Carson’s legacy following the film.