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.
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.
Collective labour. Saving the world cannot be done alone, so it seems appropriate that Tomorrow appears to have been created by the aforementioned group of six friends, all connected to the film industry, as a collective, and that the film is partly financed through «crowd funding». Cyril Dion and actress Mélanie Laurent are listed as the directors, but the rest of the team also pop up in front of the camera. In the film, the whole group visits various societies and environments across ten different countries, which have all, in different manners, initiated successful ways of tackling the outlined challenges. The film is furthermore split into thematic chapters such as farming, energy, economy, democracy and education.
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