Documentarian Tackles Enlightenment In New Film 'Rooted In Peace'

Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 3:03pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 3:14pm

In his new film, "Rooted in Peace," documentarian Greg Reitman has an idea that he can save the world — by planting trees.

In the film, he sets out on a journey with a bonsai tree to see if human beings can reach enlightenment. And, tonight, ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is bringing him to the Valley for a screening of the film. The Show’s Lauren Gilger sat down with Reitman to talk more about this.

So, that seems like a pretty big question to answer in one film: how does Reitman go about tackling something as big as "enlightenment."

Well, by doing it himself. Reitman became the subject of this film in the process of making it, he said, he even gets married in the movie.

He’s probably best known for a film called "Fuel" that takes on the oil industry, and his film company focuses on the environment and renewable energy. But, he said, in this one,  he decided to tackle a different kind of energy. 

Reitman is hosting a special showing of the film tonight at Harkins Valley Art Theater in Tempe.

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