The French Embassy in the UAE with Institut français des Emirats arabes unis, Alliance Française in the UAE and CINEMA AKIL with the support with ALSERKAL AVENUE present TAKE 21, a series of films about our world  from November 18th to 24th at the Yard at ALSERKAL AVENUE and at Alliance française Dubai within the framework of the coming COP 21, world environment summit taking place in Paris early December.

*** PROGRAM OF THE FESTIVAL ***

(movies will be shown at the Yard at ALSERKAL AVENUE)

Sunday 22nd of November – 7pm 

HOME (120 min)

Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Produced by EuropaCorp, Elzévir Films

In 200,000 years of existence, mankind has disrupted the equilibrium in which Earth has lived for 4 billion years. Global warming, depletion of resources, extinction of species: mankind has endangered his own home. But it is too late to be pessimistic: barely ten years remain for humanity to reverse the trend, become aware of its disproportionate exploitation of the Earth’s resources and bounty, and change its mode of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been carbon offset.

 Trailer: 

Sunday 22nd of November – 9pm 

SOUNDS OF THE SEA / SAWT EL BAHAR (93min)

Directed by Nujoom Al Ghanem
Produced by Nahar Productions

Humaid Al Shehi, the head of Umm Al Quwain Folklore Society, works on reviving one of the traditional sea songs that hasn’t been performed properly in decades because it requires the ritual of being sung in the sea on a traditional rowing boat and in participation with a big number of singers. He realizes that in order to have a successful performance, he must ask Saif Alzibadi, their teacher and one of the most famous sea singers in the whole country, to join them and be the lead singer. Saif wishes to cross Umm Al Quwain Creek for the last time in his life on a fishing boat and to sing one of his old folklore songs to the fishermen. Unfortunately he is considered disabled in the eyes of very many people around him including his own children. His closest friend Sultan Bin Ghaffan takes the risk to help Alzibadi accomplish his dream in secret and make the journey to the other shore of the sea as they used to do when they were young. The film is a witness to the constraints of old age in the face of friendship and long-lost dreams.

 Trailer: 

Monday 23rd of November – 7pm 

ONCE UPON A FOREST  (78 min)

Directed by Luc Jacquet 
Produced by Bonne Pioche Cinéma

In his new film, Luc Jacquet takes us on an extraordinary journey deep into the tropical forest, into the heart of life itself. For the first time, a tropical forest springs to life before our very eyes.
From the first shoot to the blossoming of giant trees, from the canopy to the development of hidden links between plants and animals, no less than seven centuries will unfold before us. Luc Jacquet has been filming nature for many years, moving and thrilling audiences with unique and exciting tales. His encounter with the botanist Francis Hallé gave birth to this heritage film, combining the transmission of knowledge, poetry and visual magic, about the last great primal forests in the tropics. Il était une forêt offers an exceptional immersion in this wild world that has remained in its original state, in perfect balance, where each organism – from the smallest to the largest and all connected to each other – plays an essential part.

Trailer: 

Monday 23rd of November – 8.30pm

ICE AND THE SKY (Cannes film festival closing film)

Directed by Luc Jacquet (89 min)
Produced by Eskwad

Ice and The Sky tells the story of a man who encountered his destiny, aged 23, in the Antarctic. The film will retrace his life’s journey, from his first steps as a young glaciologist to the crowning moment of his glittering career – winning the Blue Planet Prize, the Nobel of environmental sciences. Ice and The Sky is an epic tale, in which science and adventure meet. “I have loved the great rivers of ice, the lagoons, the villages at the edge of the desert. I have loved the primordial forests of the Americas. But I believe what I have loved most is man and his ability to surpass himself in extreme climates. My name is Claude Lorius and I am 82 years old. I have devoted my life to the search for knowledge. It has been an extraordinary story of science and devoted men who have changed the course of the history of Mankind.”

Trailer:

Tuesday 24th of November – 6pm 

HUMAN (191 min)

Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Produced by EuropaCorp, Elzévir Films

HUMAN is a collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

Trailer: 

On Wednesday 18th of November, Alliance française Dubai will screen the following movies in its auditorium:

Wednesday 18th of November – 1:30pm 

HOME | French documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009

In 200,000 years of existence, mankind has disrupted the equilibrium in which Earth has lived for 4 billion years. Global warming, depletion of resources, extinction of species: mankind has endangered his own home. But it is too late to be pessimistic: barely ten years remain for humanity to reverse the trend, become aware of its disproportionate exploitation of the Earth’s resources and bounty, and change its mode of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been carbon offset.

 Trailer: 

Wednesday 18th of November – 4pm 

La prophétie des grenouilles – ‘Raining Cats and Frogs’ | French animation movie directed by Jacques-Remy Girerd, 2003

At the end of the world, far away from everything, a family lives peacefully on a cosy farm perched at the top of a hill. But at the base of the hill, the frogs are very agitated. There is no longer any doubt: all predictions coincide, a huge flood is about to inundate the earth.

Faced with this catastrophe, the frogs agree to communicate – just this once – with human beings.
And so a great adventure begins in which animals and humans must learn to live together. It’s easier said than done…

Trailer: 

Wednesday 18th of November – 6pm 

HUMAN | French documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015 (191 min)

HUMAN is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us think about our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection. HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

Trailer: 

Screenings free of charge.

The festival TAKE 21 will also take place in Abu Dhabi at Mushrif Central Park on November 13th and 14th. More info here.