Planet of the Humans
Trailer (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
100 minPlanet Of The Humans
Feature Film (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.
Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars?
No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine"). This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late.
"Planet of Humans" correctly addresses greenwashing in the environmental movement, the dependence of renewable energy sources on fossil fuels and mining, technology solution fantasies and that humanity has almost used up many resources. It also points to inconsistencies in certain environmental movements and leading figures. Especially the Sierra Club and 350.org are severely criticized. 350.org, however, seems to be unjustifiably accused, and that is defamatory.
But what makes the film tendentious and almost agitational is that it argues against the environmental movement and renewable energy as a whole. It doesn't give working examples, doesn't put numbers into perspective, doesn't let accused people finish speaking, and wildly cuts in horror images between interviews to support the accusations - black and white and pessimism. Some really badly chosen interviewees even lead to the assumption that leading figures of the environmental movement are literally conspiring to keep secrets. One of the main statements seems to be that the environmental movement has been bought up by capitalism.
Editing and music are amateurish in some places.
We advise against using this film.
|Music:||Radiohead, King Crimson, Nigel Standord|
|Actors:||Vandana Shiva, Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Denis Hayes, Richard Heinberg, Catherine Andrews, David Blood|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|Language (subtitles):||French, English|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Shooting Locations:||United States|
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The film is depressing, but important because it shows the hypocrisy of a strike by people who call themselves environmentalists. (...) the film would have been stronger, though, if it would have done without certain melodramatic moments. – NZZ
A new Michael Moore-produced documentary that takes aim at the supposed hypocrisy of the green movement is “dangerous, misleading and destructive” and should be removed from public viewing, according to an assortment of climate scientists and environmental campaigners. – The Guardian
There’s nothing particularly elegant about the way “Planet of the Humans” arrives at that downbeat thesis. Though well-shot and edited, the material here is simply too sprawling to avoid feeling crammed into one ungainly package even narrator Gibbs admits “might seem overwhelming.” – Variety
It’s not surprising that the film gets basic energy facts wrong and that information included is out of date: There are hardly any climate or energy experts featured. – Vox
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