Nalini Nadkarni is a world-renowned ecologist who climbs trees in the rainforest canopy to study “what grows back” after an ecological disturbance. In 2015, her rope snapped on a research climb, and she fell fifty feet from a tree and nearly died. After making a miraculous recovery, Nalini begins to explore a new research subject — herself.

Between Earth & Sky follows Nalini as she prepares for another research climb. In the process, she unearths the roots of other disturbances she faced throughout her life. As she revisits the site of her fall in the Olympic Peninsula, her past, present, and future converge.


Between Earth & Sky

2023 US 26 min
Festival Year: 2023
Types: Documentary, Short
Topic: Adventure, Technology & Science