The Call of the Wild

IcelandKlara Harden, Made in Iceland

For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling to complete a comprehensive response to the Edward Snowden brouhaha (article to appear shortly). But at the start of summer, with warm nights and beautiful weekends calling me away from my keyboard, I can’t quite find it in me to hunker down and ruminate on the ramifications of his revelations and the bleak nature of “truth” in democracy.

So, instead, I thought I would post this gorgeous and inspiring short documentary, Made in Iceland. Its star and editor, Klara Harden, embarked on a multi-week solo journey through the wilderness of Iceland and filmed every moment. I couldn’t be more thankful for her efforts.

The sheer variety of Iceland’s beauty is breathtaking. Harden drinks in the expansive landscape, focusing in turn on the resplendent vistas as well as the more nuanced details. Her close-up inspections of water alternatively rushing and dripping over stone and moss are especially poignant. There’s a mesmerizing rhythm to watching the ground change from stone to grass beneath her striding feet.

Interspersed among the scenes of the environment’s plains and mountains and wind are glimpses into the highs and lows of Harden’s personal experience. Whether it’s the joy of meeting a fox pup or the despair of feeling irrevocably lost in unfamiliar territory, these introspective moments reflect the heart of the adventurer and what it means to experience unspoiled nature. Away from the convoluted trappings of modern civilization, the simple beauty and uncertainty of the wild is intoxicating.

Snowden be damned. I think it’s time to go outside.

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