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Guardians of the Earth

DOCUMENTARY for cinema release

Austria/Germany, 2017, 86min
director: Filip Antoni Malinowski
status: in release
in cinemas in Austria from November 17th
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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?

editing: Frank Brummundt
music: Nils Frahm
cinematography: Jakob Fuhr, Börres Weiffenbach, Emmanuel Cappelin, Filip Antoni Malinowski, Attila Boa
sound: Helge Ole Haack, Peter Rösner, Sergey Martynyuk
concept: Filip Antoni Malinowski, Carlo Pisani, Ari Yehudit Richter
lead producer: Jürgen Karasek, Filip Antoni Malinowski
in co-production with: Perfect Shot Films, Berlin – Inka Dewitz, Michael Bogar
production trainee & set management: Stephan Podest

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: 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

The film will also go along with a Cross-Media platform and already has participated in X-Media Lab & Dok Leipzig Net Lab. Cross Media development funding by: bmu:kk

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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