"This Dewdrop World helps us to directly contact the precarious nature of our individual lives and the life of the planet. In so doing we come to appreciate the preciousness of both. We touch the truth of fragility; we are reminded to care deeply for what we love most."
– Frank Ostaseski, Founder, Metta Institute, Co-Founder, Zen Hospice Project
“This Dewdrop World is a beautiful, courageous, intimate film about love and loss. It may also be the deepest meditation on climate change that I've ever seen.”
– Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
“Deeply moving, deeply truthful. Watching one woman come to terms with death against the backdrop of the planet’s crisis made me see both events as my story too.”
– Kurt Spellmeyer, Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction
"This precious jewel of a film opens us to inner resources for accepting and responding to the inevitability of climate change. It accomplishes this with heart-wrenching beauty, by interweaving two stories: that of the filmmaker's mother facing her death by ALS, and that of our planet's people facing the realities of climate chaos. Each story brings exquisite teachings about how to tolerate impermanence and find grace in uncertainty. Each guides us to a dual capacity: how to see clearly what we cannot change and how to yet love and act for the sake of life. I want everyone I know and do not know to be refreshed, nourished and emboldened by This Dewdrop World."
– Joanna Macy, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy.
"A moving and intimate meditation on impermanence, loss, and love."
David Loy, Co-editor of A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
"This Dewdrop World tells a moving personal story that provocatively illuminates connections between the singular and the universal. Thompson uses a breadth of cinematic styles in this eloquent visual essay."
- Jan Krawitz, Film Professor, Stanford University
This gentle, deeply honest film contrasts the deteriorating personal battle for survival by a woman suffering from ALS, with the continuing environmental destruction of the Earth. After an unrealistically hopeful denial, Peg finally acknowledges her inevitable fate. She, her husband, and daughter see her fate and the world’s problems as related, though the world’s fate need not be regarded as so hopelessly inevitable as ALS. Unlike so many films involving the environment, The Dewdrop World deftly avoids gross images and guilt-inducing blame as it celebrates the beauty of what we have—yes, even dewdrops. A subtly positive and inspiring outlook in the face of yet more discouraging daily news.
Jay Baldwin, Senior Adjunct Professor of design, California College of the Arts
Author of BuckyWorks—Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas for Today