DOCUMENTARY for cinema release
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, Börres Weiffenbach, Emmanuel Cappelin, Filip Antoni Malinowski, Attila Boa
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 – 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
festivals – 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, EU Climate Diplomacy Day Islamabad, Pakistan