We cannot solve the problems that face us by technology alone or social technologies… or even civil society, we cannot solve those problems unless we change ourselves.
– Paul Hawken
WE ARE in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species, a poetic and humbling documentary shifting our perspective, asking us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us.
With a visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, to National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.
At this critical stage for the future of life of Earth, Planetary is an invitation to see the world differently. Through the experience of awe and wonder at the beauty of our planet we can begin to shift our worldview, and ultimately build a civilisation that cherishes and sustains life.
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Director: Guy Reid
Producer: Steve Kennedy
Director of Photography: Christoph Ferstad
Editor: Steve Kennedy
Executive Producers: Christoph Ferstad, Paul Hawken
Co-producers: Peter Glatzer, Adrien Grenier
Consulting Producers: Lawrence Ellis, Elizabeth Lindsey
Associate Producers: Jeff Gitterman, Andrew Appel, Gary Lin, Pati Sands
Production Manager: Blaire Embrey
Original Soundtrack: The Human Suits