"Home" offers viewers rare, breathtaking and impressive imagery. The aerial footage shows just how much impact mankind has on our planet, while the narrator refers to many facts and figures. The last part of the film focusses on how we are already dealing with the Earth’s resources in a more responsible way. With more images and facts, this part of the film not only moves, but also motivates the viewer. The classical and world music are of high quality and make for an extraordinary soundtrack.

"Home" was filmed in various stages due to the expanse of the areas portrayed. Taking over eighteen months to complete the film, director Yann Arthus-Bertrand and a camera man, a camera engineer and a pilot flew in a small helicopter through various regions in over fifty countries. The filming was done using high-definition Cineflex cameras which were suspended from a gyro-stabilized sphere from rails on the base of the helicopter.

Since Bertrand’s and Besson’s received sponsoring for their film, viewers in France were able to watch "HOME" free-of-charge at cinemas and to purchase the DVD in French for only 5 Euros. Thanks to the sponsors, a world première on TV, youtube, DVD and at cinemas took place in June 2009, with the aim of reaching 48 million viewers in 87 countries in 14 different languages. Since Germany and Switzerland somehow missed out on this première, Films for the Earth initiated ten public screenings and distributed 630 DVDs. These DVDs were handed out for free with the idea of them being passed on to family and friends in order to potentially reach 15,000 people.

This film is also suitable for children and can be shown in schools. It is best viewed on the largest projection screen possible.

"HOME" is a very intelligent, watchable film that touches the soul and awakens the senses. It conveys an impressive, diverse picture of interdependencies and creates a direct link to our own everyday lives. The highly relevant topic is well-researched and documented, and there is a strong emphasis on its connection to our natural environment and therefore to our basic existence. The film also puts forward many alternative ways of dealing with our planet, by presenting useful examples.

"HOME" has a high scientific value. Packed with knowledge and facts, it depicts the human impact on the Earth’s system while also conveying in great detail how dynamically this system develops.

This very moving film clearly demonstrates that people are willing to take action, awakens a global perspective and allows the viewer to marvel at creation.

The storyline is coherent and gripping. Some of the images and scenes are unique, and they are all very impressive and aesthetically pleasing. The editing and camera work are good, and the soundtrack is a work of art in itself.

Director(s): Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Script: Isabelle Delanoy, Yann Arthus Bertrand, Yen le Van
Production: Europa Corp, Denis Carot, Luc Besson
Music: Armand Amar
Year: 2009
Duration: 90 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, French, English, Italian, Russian, Arabic
Language (subtitles): German, French, English
Country of origin: France
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Screening rights: GoodPlanet Foundation (Switzerland)
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Main topic(s): Planet Earth
Secondary topics: africa renewables fossil fuel industrial agriculture
Mentions: planet bird's-eye view destruction ecology balance development exploitation aerial photography
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth


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