Festival of Ideas: Human (2015) – Film screening and discussion @ Watershed
Apr 30 @ 14:15 – 17:00
Festival of Ideas: Human (2015) - Film screening and discussion @ Watershed

In this astonishing documentary film the French photographer and environmental activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand brings together stories of extreme experience, filmed worldwide over three years, to create a passionate and stunningly visual account of what it means to alive today.

‘It seems to me that Human is one of the greatest films ever made. Watching it, I felt I really knew more what it means to be human – I’d gained in wisdom. Human is a massive ambition massively fulfilled. I want my children and my friends and our world leaders to see it tomorrow.’ (Richard Curtis, film writer and director)

The film has won major international awards and so far been seen by over 60 million people globally, although still awaiting a general release in the UK.

Why has Human made such an impact? Drawing on the experience of over two thousand people in 60 countries the film creates intimate contact with extraordinary lives, where personal testimony transcends individual circumstance with rare sincerity, wisdom and humanity. Moreover the stunning cinematography and production values offer a powerful antidote to conventional media representations of Otherness.

‘I know I’ll have to reflect on the film for months to come, to truly let it sink in and allow it to uncover within me the answers’. (E.Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post)

In France Human opened in 500 cinemas, and France 2 television devoted an entire day to the film and its themes. Local councils in over 600 towns and villages organised screenings and debates. This engagement is being repeated across the world.

Join us to have your say on this remarkable film and the issues it raises, not all of them comfortable or familiar.

John Adams, emeritus Professor of Film and Screen Media Practice at the University of Bristol, will introduce the film and chair a panel discussion after the screening.

In association with Watershed.

Tickets £6.50/£4.50. Book online or purchase tickets in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.

Tomorrow (Demain): A Film By Mélanie Laurent & Cyril Dion @ Komedia Bath
Jul 4 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Tomorrow (Demain): A Film By Mélanie Laurent & Cyril Dion @ Komedia Bath

Bath Film Festival, Komedia and the Transition Network are hosting a screening of Tomorrow (Demain) featuring a Q&A panel chaired by Rob Hopkins, Creator of the Transition Network. Already viewed by over 1.5 million people in France alone, and winner of Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), Tomorrow has been hugely impactful. Produced by activist and writer Cyril Dion and actress/director Mélanie Laurent, it tells the story of their search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces.
In 2014, the production team launched a crowdfunding campaign on KissKissBankBank in order to raise €200,000 to finance the film. In just 2 months, the contributions of 10,266 contributors meant that they actually raised €444,390. The film premiered in Paris during COP21.

It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, and ambitious recycling projects. It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects. It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. It also has a great soundtrack! The evening will conclude with a Q&A to explore how the positives drawn from the film can have a real impact on life in Bath.