Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

When someone says they will do it tomorrow, it often implies procrastination. The French documentary Tomorrow is about the opposite; how we can actually start to create a better tomorrow – tangible measures to literally help save the world.

Directors: Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

Gloomy predictions. The basis for the film is a research report published in the scientific publication Nature in June 2012. This report claimed that the next generation will grow up in a world where food, water and oil will be scarce, and where even a portion of humankind will be extinct by year 2100. And, as the film points out, we humans are far better at telling stories about the end of the world, whether caused by climate change, nuclear bombs or zombie virus, than actually coming up with narratives for what we can actually do to prevent our existence from going under. This is what spurred the team behind Tomorrow to create a documentary which outlines potential solutions to the seeming overwhelming problems facing the Earth. The resulting film is both catchy and uplifting, and a surprise hit in its native cinemas – where it received the César-prize for best documentary. In November, it was also the opening film at the United Nations’ climate conference, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stating that it ought to be compulsory education for all the world’s political leaders. It is unlikely that they will all make it there, but this month it is possible to catch the film at the Bergen International Film Festival.

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