We Are One: Inspiring Film ‘Planetary’ Offers Fresh Perspective on Our Relationship With Earth

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Films & TV, Media & Arts with 0 Comments

By Michael D’estries | Mother Nature Network

In Planetary, a new thought-provoking documentary, director Guy Reid seeks to inspire a shift in how we view our connection to nature. Watch the trailer below (or in full screen HERE):

There are plenty of documentaries that seek to inspire change in the world. “Virunga,” “Racing Extinction” and “Blackfish” are all perfect examples. And then there are those films that take another approach, urging viewers to seek change within and to ponder the deeper questions associated with life and nature. The new film “Planetary” falls squarely in the latter camp, a moving and beautiful documentary that doesn’t ask us to save the world as much as reconsider our place in it.

The film by director Guy Reid is a follow-up to his award-winning short film “Overview,” which featured astronauts’ impressions of Earth as seen from space. “Planetary” begins in much the same way, with views of our home planet as seen by the Apollo missions, and then cleverly explains how what we saw then is no longer what we see today.

“We look at those first images that came back from space, and it’s important for us to understand that those are as out-of-date as my high school yearbook picture is,” says environmentalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben. “You look at the summer Arctic and there’s 40 percent less ice on it; you look at those vast oceans and they’re 30 percent more acid than they were 40 years ago. It’s hard for us to take in both the kind of beauty and majesty and to understand the vulnerability and fragility of those systems.”

Insights from environmentalists, theologians, scientists, researchers, and meditation teachers are sprinkled throughout “Planetary,” with commentaries from cosmologist Brian Swimme, philosopher David Loy, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison, and Lakota leader Tiokasin Ghosthorse to name a few. These interviews are all beautifully complemented by imagery captured from all around (and above) the world over the course of two years.

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