Distributor:  Collective Eye
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Mother Nature's Child

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The film investigates nature'€™s role in all aspects of overall child development by examining unstructured outdoor play, parental fears, risk-taking, urban contact with nature, use of media, rites of passage and environmental stewardship.

Mother Nature's Child

MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free outdoor play. This will not be true for most children growing up today. Contemporary culture has undergone drastic change in the last three decades, forcing children indoors where they increasingly exhibit symptoms of "nature deficit": obesity, depression, and a range of learning disorders.

MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD explores the various ways that time in nature promotes children’s well-being, contributes to the future of the planet, and nourishes the human spirit. The film investigates nature'€™s role in all aspects of child development -- physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual -- by examining unstructured outdoor play, parental fears, risk-taking, urban contact with nature, use of media, rites of passage and environmental stewardship. From urban schoolyards to deep wilderness adventures, intimate scenes with children from preschool through adolescence are complemented by insights from parents, teachers, and a forum of highly regarded experts, including Richard Louv, author of the best selling book Last Child in the Woods.

"...beautifully conceived and realized." —CYE Book and Film Review Section "...a thoughtful and thought-provoking documentary on an interesting and relevant topic. Recommended." —Video Librarian "In poetic words and images, and focused passion, MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD captures the essence of the challenge we face: the generational disconnect from the natural world and the great benefits that will come to our children, and ourselves, by giving the gift of nature." —Richard Louv, Author, "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle" "Inspiring, beautifully crafted, deeply meaningful, intelligent and thorough. Congratulations on an incredible achievement." —Stephen Kellert, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD's "themes are relevant no matter where children live, and it suggests how to create opportunities for discover, challenge and wonder in nature in a wide range of settings." —Louise Chawla, Professor, College of Architecture & Planning, University of Colorado "Visually rich, inflected with humor and the unexpected and provocative in just the right way." —Rebecca Kneale Gould, Author and Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD "demonstrates the essential fact that the risks of raising a generation of children away from nature are much larger-- for the young, society, and the planet-- than those that await them in the great outdoors." —Sacha Vignieri, SCIENCE Magazine


Kimitete awardfor the most “human” film at FIFIG Groix Island Film Festival (France)


Main credits

Rockwell, Camilla (Producer)
Rockwell, Camilla (Director)
Rockwell, Camilla (Film editor)
Conquest, Wendy (Producer)
Conquest, Wendy (Film editor)
Louv, Richard (Interviewee)

Other credits

Editors, Wendy Conquest, Camilla Rockwell; nature cinematography, Michael Sacca; camera, Peter Kent, Allen Moore, Michael Sacca.

Distributor credits

Camilla Rockwell, Wendy Conquest

Camilla Rockwell, Wendy Conquest
Camilla Rockwell

Docuseek2 subjects

Maternal and Child Health
Environmental Education
Child Development

Distributor subjects

Children, Youth and Families, Environmental Studies, Sociology


nature, children, well-being, education, out-doors, playing, technology, environment, learning, students, kids, television, depression, disorders, generations, worldliness, healing; nature deficit disorder; play; Richard Louv; nature; outdoors; "Mother Natures Child"; Collective Eye

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