Reading the Landscape

A 25-minute innovative, multi-cultural, multilingual, animated film for kids of all ages.

Conceived and directed by Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Reading the Landscape has a projected release date of December 2017.

She's discovered a back road into the imagination that, unless you have a guide, you ain't never gonna find this trail... We must constantly look at life in a different way - Gilah's new film will most certainly empower young people to look at our wonderous world in different, highly creative ways. – Steve Price, CBS News

Reading the Landscape is a multicultural, multilingual, innovative, animated, 25 minute educational film for kids of all ages. This film, which has been in development for 10 years, will be available for distribution to schools, educational TV, and to individuals worldwide.

Almost 60 parents and kids of 23 ethnicities and languages gathered for the live film shoot of Reading the Landscape at Heaven Lake in Franklin National Recreation Area. The participants will become the "cast" of the animated sequences which will take us on journeys to various indigenous homes in 12 countries.

The opening live sequence focuses on the commonality of the origin of all alphabets, stemming from 5 patterns in nature which mirror the shapes of neurons and neural processes of perception and cognition. This theory was discovered and developed by producer/director Gilah Yelin Hirsch in the early 1980s and became the subject of her first film, Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe. She has presented this theory at science and science of consciousness conferences worldwide.

The making of Reading the Landscape was catalyzed by veteran Los Angeles teacher, Karen Comegys, who viewed Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe, in the late 1990s. Comegys suggested that a film be made for kids which transmitted some of the ideas in the first film. Hence, the birth of Reading the Landscape.

This innovative half hour film is funded by grants from the CLASS Foundation (Colorado), California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation, Panavision, as well as many private donations from various countries. As required by the CLASS Foundation, this film will be pre and post tested for teaching efficacy of at least 10 objectives at schools which will vary demographically in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomics. Data will be collected, published and reported at education conferences. As this film is neither language nor culture specific, it will be immediately useable worldwide.

It is hoped that the positive experience of both participation in the film and ultimately viewing the film, will stimulate greater understanding of our relation to nature, and will engender greater empathy towards all aspects of other cultures. Reading the Landscape demonstrates that cultural diversity significantly embellishes our lives with the beauty, uniqueness of language, lineage and tradition. The film simultaneously shows that at fundamental neuronal and emotional levels we are universally more alike than we are different.