Guardians of the Earth

DOCUMENTARY for cinema release

Austria/Germany, 2017, 86min
director: Filip Antoni Malinowski
status: released
broadcasters: BR, ORF
in cinemas in Austria from Nov. 17th 2017
& Germany & Switzerland May 31th 2018
festival & press kit

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 multilateral 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?

editing: Frank Brummundt
cinematography: Jakob Fuhr,  Attila Boa, Filip Antoni Malinowski
sound: Helge Ole Haack, Peter Rösner, Sergey Martynyuk
with music by Nils Frahm
lead producer: Jürgen Karasek, Filip Antoni Malinowski
in co-production with: Perfect Shot Films, Berlin
production trainee & set management: Stephan Podest

„The Austrian filmmaker – with the participation of ORF – has made a stirring film about the 2015 World Climate Conference in Paris, where 20,000 negotiators from 195 countries met to make another attempt to save the planet. The result is a veritable political thriller that provides insight into the difficult processes behind closed doors and reveals conflicts that will decide our future: the struggle for economic growth on the one hand – and massive loss of human life on the other.“ ORF

Saleemul Huq (Bangladesh), Christiana Figueres (UNFCCC), Helmut Hojesky (Austria), Laurent Fabius (COP President), Naomi Klein (Canada), Peter Woolcott (Australia), Yeb Sano (Philippines), Carole Dieschbourg (Luxembourg), Ronny Jumeau (Seychelles), Noora al-Alamer (Bahrain), Tony deBrum (Marshall Islands), John Kerry (USA), Al Gore (USA), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austria/USA), Donald Trump (USA)

project development funded by: Creative Europe MEDIA Project Development, Austrian Film Institute
production funded by: Austrian Film Institute, German Federal Film Board, DFFF, ORF, BR, Misereor Stiftung
Participant of Zagreb Dox Pitch, Leipzig Co-production Meeting, Baltic Sea Forum for Docs, Marketplace Dokfest München
developed with: Sources2

festivals (30) – selection:

CPH:DOX Copenhagen, One World Prague, Dokpoint Helsinki, Watch Docs Warsaw, Diagonale Graz, DocsMX Mexico, Movies That Matter The Hague, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, This Human World Film Festival Vienna, Transitions Film Festival Melbourne, Cinemaambiente Torino, ECOCUP Moscow, EUCFF Beijing, Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, European Climate Diplomacy Week Melbourne & Canberra, Stanford University FF, European Film Festival Paliíc, Climate Diplomacy Week Belgrade, NEIFF New Earth International Film Festival Kraków, Green Fest Belgrade, New Way FF Madrid, Move It! Dresden, Rokumentti FF Helsinki, China International Film Week, Instidoc Maputo Mozambique, EU Climate Diplomacy Day – Islamabad, Pakistan, Glocal FF Sweden, COP 24 Katowice, Movies That Matter Colombia, Human Rights Nights Bologna, Italy, Inkafest Peru, Eco Film Festival London, CliMates Austria, Wake Up Europe: Turin, London, Berlin, Brüssel, Paris, Madrid, Extinction Rebellion Berlin, Göthe Institut, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Chile, Another Way FF & MK2: Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Badajoz, Cadiz, Malaga, Toledo, Take One Action (UK), COP26 Glasgow

world sales: Autlook Filmsales   distribution Austria: filmdelights    distribution Germany & Switzerland: W-Film

VOD: Amazon Prime   iTunes    Vimeo    Flimmit


Laurent Fabius, Minister Of Foreign Affairs, France

Noora Hamad AlAmer, negotiator, Kingdom of Bahrain

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

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