Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 by Caroline Cao
It’s difficult to not begin with a dour note but the global realities stipulate that I must. I type this review as the scary-but-scientific United Nations headlines loom over all of us—biodiversity in crisis—which has fatal implications for animals and the human race. The climate catastrophe headlines are unpleasant but the maximum negative outcome must be expressed, or else we will be more unequipped for later.
A day before the headline foreboding the price of decaying biodiversity, I viewed The Biggest Little Farm, a documentary about the personal journey of John and Molly Chester starting a biodiverse farm. Their local effort won’t fully counterpoint the headlines with global implications, but it shines a light on a local level. The doc opens on a dour climate-catastrophe note as well: distant California wildfires threatening the acres in its later years. While the film alludes to the changing and fickle scope of the globe and ponders its mortality, it refrains from the vocabulary of “climate change” or “climate catastrophe” when said climate-change related factors pop up. But overall, the Chesters’ burgeoning farm experience is a microcosm of what positive collaboration can cultivate.