Guardians of the Earth

a film by Filip Antoni Malinowski

Guardians of the Earth

2017 | 86:00 min

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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?

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
20th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Cast and Crew
  • Director Filip Antoni Malinowski
  • Director of Photography Jakob Fuhr, Börres Weiffenbach, Emmanuel Cappelin, Filip Antoni Malinowski, Attila Boa
  • Editor Frank Brummundt
  • Sound Helge Ole Haack, Peter Rösner, Sergey Martynyuk
  • Sound Design Kai Tebbel
  • Score Nils Frahm
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