New Greenpeace campaign featuring violinist Pekka Kuusisto
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is featured in Greenpeace's latest film as part of its campaign to protect the Great Northern Forest.
"Forests have always been a source of inspiration in art, but nowadays they are becoming more and more a source of worry and sadness too, as we see that they are not treated with the respect and safeguarding they deserve", Kuusisto said.
"I hope that this film can help the ongoing preservation of our forests around the globe."
The film, titled The Elegy of the Forest, was filmed in Orivesi, Finland, where "heavy clearcuts have destroyed large areas of previously intact boreal forest", according to Greenpeace Nordic's forest campaigner Ethan Gilbert.
The director, Juho Kuosmanen, best known for his award winning feature film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki said: "I've witnessed firsthand the destruction left behind by clearcuts and the lack of sustainable forestry in my home country of Finland. To work with Greenpeace and Pekka Kuusisto is a great opportunity to talk about the beauty and importance of boreal forests everywhere. These unique forests need our help now".
Elegy for the Forest
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
♪ Third Tune for Archbishop Parker's Psalter (1567)
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
In this short film, directed by Cannes award winning director Juho Kuosmanen, world class musician Pekka Kuusisto plays a piece on a clearcut for the lost forests of his home country, Finland. We need these forests if we are to combat climate change. What happens to forests, happens to us all.
Filmed in Orivesi, Finland, 2018
Defend the Great Northern Forest
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor | Daníel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto | George Antheil: Over the Plains – Pekka Kuusisto, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, John Storgårds – Saturday, November 17, 2018, 08:00 PM EST (GMT-5) – Livestream