Climate Change – Facts, Utopias, Catastrophes

Tomorrow - The World Is Full of Solutions © AL!VE AG Documentary//
118 Min. //
France, 2015 //
Cyril Dion/Mélanie Laurent

French actor Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion are shocked by a study that predicts the collapse of human civilisation within the next 40 years. They resolve to make a film about the threats currently facing the world, but quickly realise that yet another apocalyptic documentary that only presents the dramatic facts will not be much help. So they take a different approach: they set off in search of ideas and projects that show right now, today, that a sustainable world is possible and how it can look. For this purpose, Mélanie and Cyril journey around the world and speak with researchers, experts, farmers, policy-makers and numerous local activists. In five thematic blocks – agriculture, energy, business and economics, democracy, education – they analyse global problem complexes and at the same time present possible solutions. Permaculture and urban gardening for instance, that generate yields per square metre many times higher than conventional agriculture - and do so without the use of chemicals or machinery. Or a locally positioned, networked mode of energy production based on renewable energy sources. In many regions, local currencies that enjoy great success are being created with the purpose of keeping economic prosperity within the region. At the end of their journey it is clear: throughout the world, people are at work for a more conscious and better life. Sustained by creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness, regional cycles, community spirit, personal responsibility – and a lot of good humour!
"Tomorrow" is not the first documentary to focus on positive alternative concepts and projects to draw attention to the global environmental crisis. But it does so skilfully and convincingly, chooses the right examples and interesting interview partners. The film particularly succeeds – despite the depressing theme – in maintaining at all times a light, almost adventurous, but never lecturing undertone that takes the viewer along with it on the journey. Ultimately, the film’s value lies in creating a new narrative about our future. One that tells of possibilities, new beginnings and a better life. Or as British expert Rob Hopkins puts it in the film: "As human beings we are wonderfully able to paint our own end in the gloomiest colours. But we fail utterly when called upon to conceive a positive story about our future."


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Flowers of Freedom Flowers of Freedom Documentary//
96 min. //
Germany, 2014 //
Mirjam Leuze

Barskoon is a small village in Kyrgyzstan. Tank lorries drive through daily with a dangerous, completely unsecured cargo: cyanide. This highly toxic chemical is used internationally for extracting gold, to separate the precious metal from the rock matrix. During this procedure large quantities of toxic waste water and mud are produced, that are either directly released into rivers and streams or are stored in open-air tailing ponds. Disastrous accidents occur time and again, such as in 2010 in Baia Mare (Romania), where approx. 100,000 cubic metres of cyanide solution spilled out and poisoned the River Theiss deep into Hungary. And in Barskoon in 1998, a lorry carrying cyanide plunged into the village’s stream, poisoning hundreds of villagers. Despite numerous promises and assurances, the Kyrgyz government did nothing. After years of waiting, a few courageous village women began a struggle for the victims of the accident. With unconventional methods and tireless protests they succeeded in wresting a multi-million Euro settlement from the gold-mining company. And that was not all: when the Kyrgyz president was overthrown in 2010, the women of Barskoon were there. One of them even became a member of the new Kyrgyz parliament.
Apart from the massive environmental impacts of gold extraction, the film also shows the social effects that accompany the exploitation of nature. Confronted with a threat to their own village, the emancipation of a few courageous women becomes the central focus of the film. Despite the most adverse conditions and a political culture that places little value on democratic participation, the women gradually manoeuvre themselves into a position to successfully take on a multinational corporation. With humour and great respect for its protagonists, the film shows that striving for justice is a trans-cultural phenomenon - and is unconquerable.


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Warm Age (Warmzeit) Warmzeit Documentary film, Germany 2012,
Knut Karger, 80 min.

Climate change is no longer an abstract future prospect but the concrete reality of the present. In Greenland entire regions that had been snow-covered since time immemorial are now ice-free every summer. Suddenly agriculture would be possible here - if global warming had not also led to a lack of precipitation. In Namibia the rise in temperature has led to regular and extreme droughts to which the local population can adjust only with great difficulty. They try to prevent the worst with rainwater collecting systems, but these often remain dry – with increasing frequency. Once again it becomes clear that climate change affects first and foremost those people who are least responsible for its development.
WARM AGE sets off on a journey around the world and shows both those who are affected by climate change as well as the places where it is caused. There are also interviews with people who are working on solutions. The film thus presents a current inventory on climate change, focussing – without moralising, simply observing – the actual situation of the people affected.


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Peak Peak Documentary, Germany 2011, Hannes Lang,
89 min.

At night, a convoy of tractor crawlers rattle through the snow to groom the ski slopes. Just under 3000 metres in altitude, excavators dig into the ground using dynamite to build a reservoir for the preparation of artificial snow. Concrete blocks of apartments are springing up everywhere, while elsewhere in the mountains, young people have long since moved away and old people talk about how their hometown no longer has a future. In PEAK, Hannes Lang observes the invasion and hostile takeover of the Alps by ski tourism and introduces us to the people affected: winners and losers, enthusiasts, sceptics and lost souls.
The film has won the prize of the Goethe-Institut for the best documentary 2011 and is part of the Goethe-Institut’s film archive
„Peak“ im Filmkatalog des Goethe-Instituts

Ground Truth Ground Truth Short film, USA 2008, Andrea Polli, 12 min.

Ground Truth follows the weather and atmosphere researchers at the Ross Ice Shelf and in the Dry Valley of Antarctica where they are investigating climate change. The film poses questions about the connection between humankind and the circuits of nature and about how it is possible to survive in this extreme environment.


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Lauberhornrennen im Sommer Lauberhornrennen im Sommer Short film, Switzerland 2007,
Daniel Zimmermann,
6 min.

The Lauberhorn Race, the longest downhill skiing race in the world, is moved to summer. 10,000 wooden slats depict the skier’s ideal line, always aspired to but never achieved in winter. The race for a new world record here takes place at breakneck speed.
This bizarre short film shows in an ironic fashion what the effects of climate change could look like in Central Europe.


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Sunday Afternoon Sunday Afternoon Short feature film, Canada, 2007,
Kaveh Nabatian, 15 min.

A Sunday afternoon in the universe. A mysterious musical force unleashes extreme heat, tornadoes and extensive fires. Four very different people await the end of the world in a small corner shop. An apocalyptic scenario with riveting aesthetics.


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Delivery Delivery Short film, Germany 2005, Till Nowak, 9 min.

An old man lives in the shadow of a gloomy industrial city and tends a little flower on his balcony. One day he receives by post a mysterious box, which enables him to intervene decisively in the fortunes of his environment.
This short film is captivating in its aesthetic consistency and its in-depth storyline.
The film can also be borrowed as part of a short-film package “Kurz & Gut III” from the film archive of the Goethe-Institut:


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Return of the Flood – When the Perpetual Ice Melts Sintflug TV documentation, Germany 2008, Thomas Hies/Jens Monath,
2x45 min.

The world has lost its ecological balance – as can be seen, for example, in Greenland. There the ice is disappearing inexorably as temperatures rise on our earth. Some experts firmly believe that the huge icebergs there are melting away in their entirety and that these water masses will cause permanent flooding in some parts of the world. It is an undeniable fact that the face of our planet will change drastically in the coming 50 years. The effects of climate change are already palpable today. Yet what will become of the people in the afflicted areas? Based on the results of scientific research, the film shows the fates of three families from Cologne, Bangladesh and New York. Three scenarios grant insight into the future, about which reputable climatologists are already able to make amazingly precise forecasts: the consequences of climate change vary from one region to another. Yet for people everywhere these consequences are of vital significance.
This extensive TV production describes and explains the latest results of scientific research on climate change. Based on these, the dramatised scenarios from various regions of the earth try to translate the abstract scientific data into potential real-life experiences. In the end, however, this is unfortunately limited to the description of an apocalyptic future without showing any possibilities of taking positive action.


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The Day after Tomorrow The Day after Tomorrow Feature film, USA 2004, Roland Emmerich,
119 min., production: Twentieth Century Fox With Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders

Jack Hall is a paleo-climatologist. In Antarctica he carries out drillings for ice core samples with which he researches the emergence of earlier ice ages. His findings show that global warming could trigger a sudden and catastrophic change in the climate of the planet. Thus he informs the authorities about the threat of an abrupt climate change unless something is done quickly. Yet his warnings go unheeded, Suddenly, everywhere in the world, extreme weather phenomena are observed: an iceberg the size of Rhode Island breaks away from the Antarctic ice, grapefruit-sized hailstones lash Tokyo, snow covers New Delhi and tornadoes leave a trail of devastation in Los Angeles. It becomes ever clearer that due to the melting of the polar ice the ocean currents have been disrupted. Global warming has unleashed a new ice age. And this manifests itself in a single gigantic super storm.
This catastrophe movie abounds in special effects while the dramaturgy is rather simple. The figures are fairly stereotyped for the film concentrates entirely on the end of the world. Despite numerous weaknesses this movie is nevertheless the first great climate catastrophe film. It thus made a significant contribution to the public perception of this topic in the media.


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Truffe Truffe Feature film, Canada 2008, Kim Nguyen,
73 min.

In a world altered by climate change huge amounts of truffles suddenly appear in Montreal. Beneath the cellars of a working-class district these “truffle mines” are secretly exploited by the locals for years. Finally the truffle prices fall so drastically world-wide that the former luxury commodity is now only worth a few cents. Alice and Charles, who own a huge truffle mine beneath their snack bar, are among those who now have to find a new source of income. Charles gets a new job in a big company which is recruiting the city’s truffle elite. Yet it soon becomes clear that the company is pursuing its own mysterious aims. Certainly, Charles changes more and more, and Alice starts to wonder whether Charles is actually the man she always thought he was.
The film is a surreal comedy about a consumerist society. It shows how an obsessive materialism can finally lead to a conformist and alienated life. A captivating film not least due to its visual acuity.


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The Heatwave Die Hitzewelle TV feature film, Germany 2007, Gregor Schnitzler, 92 min.,
Janus Film GmbH

Climate change causes the heatwave of the millennium in Germany with temperatures of over 40 degrees. The Health Service is overburdened, the agricultural industry as well as the water and energy resources management are threatened by collapse. The situation in the country goes from bad to worse – especially in the Ruhr region. The dams in the headwaters of the Ruhr are evaporating and threatened by desiccation. Dr. Martina Fechner, a hydrologist at the University for Water Economy, had predicted this situation at an early date and is appointed as crisis manager by the politicians in charge. As the weather situation worsens, a conflict escalates between the private owner of the power plant and the supplying of drinking water for the population. Martina Fechner realises that she is fighting a battle not only against the power plant company but also against the key players in politics.
The catastrophe film describes the effects of the climate change in Central Europe. Despite some predictable plot lines, a riveting story develops. It is one of the few genre features from Germany.


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