On the final day of the Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto last fall, the packed house at the Royal Cinema felt every aching step of Jon Muir's 2,500-kilometer trek in the documentary "Alone Across Australia." When the death of Muir's dog made his adventure truly a solo act, he quietly sobbed and rocked his dead companion, and there wasn't a dry eye in sight. The movie's blend of adventure, endurance, and devotion had sparked a passionate response -- a common occurrence at the continent's growing number of green film festivals. There aren't many scintillating documentaries about health care …
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Paul Henderson is a Canadian freelance journalist with an interest in all things with a greenish hue -- including organic cocktail weenies. He is also assistant editor of Vitality Magazine, eastern Canada's largest magazine of natural health, alternative medicine, and green living, and is currently working on a book about his nine seasons planting half a million trees on clearcuts in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.