OTTAWA – In the Wake of the Flood, a documentary film by Ron Mann about the carbon-neutral, around-the-world book tour of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, was released on January 25, 2011 and is now available on DVD at DVDSWELIKE.COM
The film documents Atwood’s unique approach to the traditional book tour. Part book reading, part dramatic interpretation, part hymnal singing, her performances drew crowds and glowing reviews across the country and internationally.
Described as a major international literary event, each tour stop saw local actors and singers perform a script based on The Year of the Flood, with Atwood as narrator. The novel, which melds science, religion and nature, explores Atwood’s vision of an environmentally blighted, plague-ridden, and genetically altered future. It follows the 2003 publication of her dystopian novel Oryx and Crake, expanding on the storylines and characters in this post-apocalyptic world.
At four of her Canadian stops she used the spotlight to raise awareness about Nature Canada and its regional partners in bird conservation. Donations made at Atwood's Year of the Flood performances went directly to support conservation work in Important Bird Areas in Canada.
"Conserving our precious migratory birds requires a united international effort," said Margaret Atwood in a statement used on an information sheet produced for the event. "With partners like Nature Canada located along the world's many bird flyways, BirdLife is providing a safer journey for our endangered globetrotters, but it needs more support."
Nature Canada is the Canadian co-partner, with Bird Studies Canada, of BirdLife International, a global alliance of conservation organizations working together for the world's birds and people. As BirdLife in Canada, Nature Canada delivers the Important Bird Areas Program, which aims to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provides essential habitat for bird populations. Margaret Atwood is the Joint Honorary President of BirdLife's Rare Bird Club with her husband, Graeme Gibson.
"The Year of the Flood performances have been a terrific opportunity to raise awareness about Nature Canada and our partners engaged in bird conservation," said Ian Davidson, Nature Canada's executive director. "It's a tremendous honor to have support from as tireless and dedicated an advocate for nature as Margaret Atwood."
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of In the Wake of the Flood DVDs will go directly to Nature Canada.
In his review for Macleans magazine, Brian D. Johnson wrote: “Taking us behind the curtain of Margaret Atwood’s travelling medicine show, ‘In the Wake of the Flood’ offers a candid, revealing portrait of the author as activist oracle - Atwood is the ultimate camp counseller, mounting a pageant to save the planet with a birdsong in her heart and a silent spring in her step.”
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Photos from the Canadian tour
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