French photographer’s documentary screened in Kolkata ahead of COP21

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) French photographer and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary “Human” encompassing over 2000 interviews in 60 countries and stunning aerial images was screened here on Saturday to highlight the fact that despite the recent Paris attacks, the COP-21 climate summit will go ahead as scheduled later this month.

The film took three years to make and needed 110 shoots across the filming locations in 60 countries, including India.

Generating total greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 917 tonnes of carbon dioxide, all the shoots were carbon-offset (a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere).

“‘Human’ is a collection of stories about images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human,” Alliance Francaise du Bengale and the French Consulate in Kolkata said in a statement.

“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,” the organisers said.

Yann, also a noted environmentalist, is well known for his book “Earth from Above” and his film “Home”.

His latest film “Human” is dubbed as a “politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence”.

Made up of exclusive aerial footage and first person stories told into the camera, “Human” showcases interviews of 2,020 people in 63 languages.

The 190-minute documentary was shown at the Basushree Cinema here.

The 21st Conference of Parties (COP-21) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from November 30 to December 11 in Paris where as many as 130 people were killed and 350 injured in the terror attacks on November 13.

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