Documentary of Yukon wilderness, All the Time in the World, premières at VIFF

Could you go a day without your cell phone? What about electricity? Throw in supermarkets and running water, and you might find yourself struggling to cope with everyday life off the grid. But that is exactly what one family with three young children did, braving months of winter in the Yukon wilderness, in order to reconnect with raw nature – and each other.

CPAWS-BC is proud to partner with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) to present All the Time in the World, one of nine Canadian feature documentaries screening at this year’s festival. Premiering on Oct. 1st, 2014, the film explores the idea of regaining a sense of ourselves and the natural environment, by disconnecting from the busy, chaotic, and technology-laden lives we are so accustomed to.

Described by David Suzuki as “a magnificent film with a powerful message”, All the Time in the World will have you asking questions about your life, connections, and happiness, as you marvel at the splendours of the great Yukon winter. CPAWS hopes to see you there on Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, and to give you a sneak peek, here’s the trailer!

For tickets and more information, check out the VIFF website and

*Update: We were fortunate enough to ask director, Suzanne Crocker, a few questions about her film. 

Q: What drove you and your family to partake in this wilderness adventure?

A: It was a combination of factors.  A realization that time was passing all too quickly, especially with respect to the childhood phase of our kids' lives.  And also the difficulty we had creating balance in our lives.   Despite our best efforts - work, projects and the computer were taking up more and more time and leaving less and less time for each other.  It's ironic that we have so many 'time saving conveniences' in our life and yet feel like we have so little 'free' time.   I really became tired of hearing myself say 'no, not now' to my kids.  Our children were 4 and 8 and 10.   All our attempts to try and put boundaries on the distractions in life did not seem to be working.  So we decided we just had to find a way to make a total break and try and find perspective again.

Q: What was the most surprising thing you discovered about nature out there?

A: The silence.  And our complete awareness and connection with the seasons, the phase of the moon, the weather,  the cycles of wildlife and plant life.  For example, in the depths of winter, during a full moon, it is brighter outside at night than it is in the day due to the reflection of the bright moonlight on the white snow.  Moon shadows really exist.  Another example, in the bush you actually notice the very first day that tiny insects return on the snow surface in the early spring and you marvel at their return. 
I don't think we realized just how quiet bush life was until after we left the bush.  The first time we returned to our house in town, we were sitting with a friend, telling stories of our many adventures.  All of a sudden my daughter and I stopped talking and looked at each other, startled by a really loud noise.  'Was it an airplane flying low over our house?' we asked our friend.  She looked puzzled for a moment and then smiled.  "That's no jet plane.  That's your fridge cutting in." she said.

Q: What steps would you suggest for people who wish to experience and reconnect with nature?

A: I think the most important thing is to just put away technology.  Leave the cell phone at home.  And hide your watch.   Whether it is just a walk through a forest trail, sitting on the beach, sitting on a bench in a park, or  spending a few nights at a campground or a cottage (without TV and internet!)  It's the distractions that take us away from connecting with our surroundings and with each other.  I think you can reconnect with nature in very simple ways, if you just put away technology. 
In my opinion the idea of bringing wifi to national parks is outrageous.  
We know that we don't have all the time in the world.  The challenge is to keep reminding ourselves to make the most of the moments that we do have.  A reminder that I need as much as anyone.

Images courtesy of Suzanne Crocker, director of All the Time in the World.