Between texts and tweets, we've become conditioned to break the world down into byte-sized bits. In the process we've stopped seeing the forest for the trees, never mind the root system that connects them all. Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards, sets out to explore these bonds with the help of her father, acclaimed author and thinker Dr. Leonard Shlain. When the unexpected happens during the making of the film, Tiffany is forced to reexamine everything she thought she knew about life, relationships, and connectedness. Tracing interdependence through history (with the help of narrator Peter Coyote), she discovers the surprising links between right brain and left; alphabets and power; honey bees and stress; hormones and happiness; and parents and children. The result is a personal film with universal resonance that encourages us to make connections of our own.
The effects of technological immersion on young people are contrasted in this experimental film, with beautiful long-takes of striking landscapes. By utilizing coded imagery, an expansive sound design, and four distinctive interviews with ordinary members of the Silent, Boomer, and Millennial Generations, the film ultimately considers the value and necessity of silence in the new modern world.