Guardians of the Earth

After 21 years of continuous failure in UN climate change negotiations 195 nations, 20.000 worldwide negotiators meet at a private airport shielded by the military in the north of Paris for a last attempt to save our planet. Behind closed doors these delegates have to agree on the first global climate change agreement that shall operate for the next decades and be a milestone in multirateral diplomacy. An agreement that will impact each human on earth, born or unborn. A negotiation that will decide if we as a species can survive.

“Guardians of the Earth” shows the battle towards this monumental agreement through the perspective of major players as the head of the UNFCCC, the fossil fuel exporting countries and the most vulnerable states to climate change.

Unreleased footage gives insight into the process behind closed doors and reveals the conflict of a globalized society: the dilemma between solidarity versus national self-interest – a fight between economic growth and massive loss of lives. As sea levels keep rising, glaciers are melting, heat-waves, droughts and Super-Typhoons become more frequent – time is running out to act – climate change is our reality.

While showing the complex progress to the final success of the agreement, the film also exposes the crucial question for the viewer: Can mankind unite to challenge the biggest threat of our times?

A valuable insight into the inner working of climate negotiations.

Director(s): Filip Antoni Malinowski
Script: Filip Antoni Malinowski, Carlo Pisani, Ari Richter, Herbert Schwarze
Production: Filip Antoni Malinowski, Jürgen Karasek, Soleil Film GmbH
Music: Nils Frahm
Actors: Al Gore, John Kerry, Naomi Klein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald J. Trump, Noora Hamad AlAmer, Tony de Brum, Carole Dieschbourg, Laurent Fabius, Christiana Figueres, Helmut Hojesky, Saleemul Huq, John Jordan, Ronald Jumeau, Naderev Sano, Peter Woolcott
Year: 2017
Duration: 86 min
Our age recommendation: 18
Language (audio): German, French, English
Country of origin: Germany, Austria
Shooting Locations: France

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: fossil fuel globalisation climate politics cooperation
Mentions: cop21 Paris2015 COP climate change conference climate protection agreement United Nations UN negotiations energy mine coal sea level rise climate change
Topic Page(s): Climate

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