Origin of the Species
“It began with a friend telling me about a man who had spent 20 years reading On The Origin Of Species by Darwin, which turned out to be a slight exaggeration. In reality S. is a very intelligent man who just happens to have left school at 16 and then found out about things by himself, based on a sense of wonder he felt about the world. I wanted to see what could be found in his small patch of isolated land, and how that connected with his understanding of the world.”
- 1. Ben Rivers in “Ben Rivers. Origin of the Species,” International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2009.