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Free movie explores consequences of childhood removed from nature

Posted September 13, 2011

Just as many get ready to mark Take a Child Outside Week, Duke Gardens will present "Play Again," a documentary about the consequences of a childhood removed from nature this Thursday.

The free movie will be screened outdoors. It should start around 8 p.m. behind the Doris Duke Center at the gardens. The award-winning film was made by Norwegian filmmaker Tonje Hessen Schei. According to an article in Duke Gardens' Flora magazine about the film, Schei set out with her camera to investigate why kids spend so little time outside. She spoke with children and teens about their digital obsessions and brought them on a wilderness adventure, the article says.

"I was very impressed and moved by the transitions the teens went through during the film," Schei told Flora. "Something strong happens when you swim in a river, hike and dig in the dirt for the first time. For some it was very stressful to be outside and active, and some felt lonelier being with a small group of people rather than in front of their computers with their gaming and Myspace communities."

For more about the film and to see a trailer, click here.

Duke Gardens also has two new offerings for kids this month. They are:

  • Flying Flowers, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday. For ages 7-9, $6, registration and adult chaperone required. Butterflies and dragonflies flit around just like flying flowers. Learn more about these magical creatures as we track them through the gardens.
  • Drip Drop: Be a Raindrop, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 24, $6, registration and adult chaperone required. Take a trip through the Gardens pretending you are a raindrop. Where would you go? Create your own water world in a plastic bag to take home.

For details on all these programs, check Duke Gardens' website.


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