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Mount St. Helens - Life from Zero

Friday 08th October 2010 from 16h00 to 17h30
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Jörg Daniel Hissen, Heinz Leger
Written by
Jörg Daniel Hissen, Heinz Leger
Produced by
Interspot Film

Documentary, Australia, Austria, 2009, 51 min

Landscapes tell stories, if we know how to listen, and that's what scientists have been doing at Mount St. Helens ever since the catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980 - listening, watching, and learning. And what they learned was radically different from what they had expected.

In 1980 it seemed as though St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. From the start, Mt. St. Helens - Life from Zero was to be a story of hope, a story of the resilience of nature, set against the backdrop of the largest natural laboratory in the world. The film takes the viewer to an inaccessible landscape of sheer beauty and gives for the first time a comprehensive as well as cinematographic impression of the miracle of nature's return that unfolded over the past three decades.

The volcanic landscape at Mount St. Helens is recovering because of intricate relationships among plants, animals, and the earth – elaborate linkages that are usually far more difficult to see. Mt. St. Helens - Life from Zero shows how nature works, in order to be able to appreciate it.


Debate with :

  • Nathalie Machon, Ecology professor at the ecology and biodiversity managment department of the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris
  • Jean-Christophe Komorowski, physicist and vulcanologist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - UMR CNRS 7154 and Université Paris Diderot, Geology of volcanic systems team

Know more

  • Webpage dedicated to this film on the ORF website.