Against this bleak background, Demain (2015) emerges as a potent ball of light, drawing from stories of people around the world, from all walks of life, who have successfully tackled social, economic and environmental issues in their communities.
After clearly explaining the scale and urgency of the interwoven challenges that we face globally, Demain (2015) documents the process behind these successful examples, completing the first pages of what I would call A Manual for Saving Life on Earth. The people behind these projects share not only their motives, but also techniques and principles, most often, in enough detail to empower the viewer to replicate the initiative in their own community. This is how I have learned what makes an effective permaculture garden and how, after getting the money needed for investment, of course, it benefits both the environment and the profits.
Another aspect that touched me was the soundtrack. Serene and positive, yet powerful and motivating, it matches the overall ambience of the film and aids in the smooth transition between the chapters and places that we’re invited to experience within these two hours. Out of its five themes (food, energy, economy, democracy and education) education stood out to me. As somebody with a BA in Psychology and a strong interest in early life stress and its effects, I applaud the example of alternative education system used in this film. I believe that it is especially powerful as it considers the importance of play, attachment and multifaceted support in early years, without which we would be ignoring the healthy development of the entire society.
Despite these last two points, I highly encourage you to go and watch this film and see why humanity is not doomed to drown in resignation, disappointment and alienation, and let yourself inspired by what we can achieve when we care about people and the planet.
By Raluca de Soleil