The Magnitude of All Things

Jennifer Abbott
2020 | 1 h 26 min
When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. Abbott’s new documentary The Magnitude of All Things draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Stories from the frontlines of climate change merge with recollections from the filmmaker’s childhood on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What do these stories have in common? The answer, surprisingly, is everything. For the people featured, climate change is not happening in the distant future: it is kicking down the front door. Battles waged, lamentations of loss, and raw testimony coalesce into an extraordinary tapestry, woven together with raw emotion and staggering beauty that transform darkness into light, grief into action.

Awards and distinctions

  • Creative Excellence Award
    Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, Banff
  • Special Mention of the Jury for the Grand Prix
    Film Recherche et Développement Durable (FReDD Festival), Toulouse
  • Special Mention- Documentary
    Riviera International Film Festival, Sestri Levante
  • Audience Choice Award
    DocLands, San Rafael
  • Best Nature & People Film
    Mountain Film Festival, Ulju
  • Best Canadian Feature Award
    Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Toronto