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  • Summary: Musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, the spirited Clark and his partner Jane have joined with a compassionate local cemeterian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 13, 2014
    It becomes clear that this isn’t just a documentary that seeks to demystify green burials. It’s one that tries, and largely succeeds, to demystify the process of letting go of life.
  2. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Aug 12, 2014
    While the film also captures many private, sometimes heartbreaking scenes, it takes a lot of time to make its simple point.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 14, 2014
    It’s possible to admire the four directors’ unflinching depiction of the dying process, but the film is mostly unilluminating and grim — not least because almost all of the deaths discussed are untimely.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 14, 2014
    Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic.