The Magnitude of All Things

VIFF Centre Screening

Jennifer Abbott (co-director of both The Corporation and The New Corporation) returns with a game-changing rumination on acceptance and the psychology underpinning our existential climate crisis. Weaving correlations between our collective environmental paralysis and her sister’s journey with terminal illness, Abbott extends a generous form of film-therapy - an invitation to embrace the inevitability of death in the spirit of sisterly love.

Stunning images from the depths of the Amazon to the tip of the Arctic punch home the immensity of what is at stake. As Australia battles extreme fires and the Republic of Kiribati braces its shores, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the defeatist knowledge that this island nation will vanish within our lifetime and those fires will only intensify. Hope is typically the lifeline one would seek in dire times, yet Abbott mounts a strong case for the contrary –the answer may rest in a darker, more profound place, where all hope is exhausted. Amidst global upheaval, The Magnitude of All Things unleashes a visceral catharsis that provides a roadmap toward climate action.

Note: with select screenings, The Magnitude of All Things will be accompanied by a six-minute animated short film by Robin McKenna, Thanadoula .

Layering real-life details with an otherworldly magic, Thanadoula recounts the story of an end-of-life doula brought to her calling through the loss of her beloved sister.

"The Magnitude of All Things moves with the unshakeable sensation of grief and loss. It’s an unexpected and effective feeling, particularly as it arrives at a time when many audiences grieve for the sense of normalcy that 2020 has stripped from their lives." POV magazine

"Jennifer Abbott’s remarkable, poetic, and lyrical film about the profound urgency, grief, and gravity of climate change is deeply moving." Nick Holdsworth,

Best Canadian Documentary, Planet in Focus Film Festival 20

Director Icon Director
Jennifer Abbott
Producer Andrew Williamson, Henrik Meyer, Jennifer Abbott, Shirley Vercruysse
Screenwriter Jennifer Abbott
Cinematographer Vince Arvidson
Editor Jennifer Abbott
Canada 2020 100 min. In English, Spanish and Kichwa with English subtitles 19+ Website & Trailer


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