Merwin movie to be screened at Seabury

The Merwin Conservancy will screen a private, first-edit documentary film about the life of Haiku poet W.S. Merwin on Nov. 21 at Seabury Hall’s ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.

The film, “Even Though the Whole World is Burning,” is a “lyrical journey” that follows the former United States poet laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and his travels from New York to France to Hawaii, according to an announcement. The pre-film reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the film presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Merwin and the film’s director, Stefan Schaefer, will attend the reception, which includes appetizers and wine. The reception costs $100 and includes a film ticket. Tickets for the film are $25 for auditorium seating and $40 for the balcony.

All proceeds go to the nonprofit conservancy.

Bestselling author John Burnham will introduce the movie followed by a poem read by actor Hector Elizondo. Schaefer will hold a question-and-answer session with audience members after the film.

The conservancy is offering a limited number of complimentary seats to schools and students. For more information, call Stephanie Nelson at 280-7294 or via email at

To buy tickets, go to mer winscreeining or call 579-8876.