Film festival 'TAKE 21' | A series of films about our world

Film festival 'TAKE 21' - A series of films about our world.

Presented by the French Embassy in the UAE and Alliance Française Dubai and Institut Français and CINEMA AKIL with the support of Alserkal Avenue, TAKE 21 is a series of films about our world in the framework of the upcoming COP 21, world environment summit in Paris early December. This event is part of Alliance Française Dubai monthly programming to alert public opinion to climate change.

Screenings at Alliance Française Dubai auditorium and at Alserkal Avenue  ('The Yard' - outdoor). All films are with English subtitles and entry is free.

Wednesday November 18th at Alliance Française Auditorium

1:30pm - HOME - French documentary by Yann Arthus Bertrand, 2009

In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME. HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all Yann Arthus-Bertrand work has been carbon offset.

4pm - La prophétie des grenouilles - 'Raining Cats and Frogs' - French animation movie directed by Jacques-Remy Girerd, 2003

At the end of the world, far away from everything, a family lives peacefully on a cosy farm perched at the top of a hill.
But at the base of the hill, the frogs are very agitated. There is no longer any doubt: all predictions coincide, a huge flood is about to inundate the earth.
Faced with this catastrophe, the frogs agree to communicate - just this once - with human beings.
And so a great adventure begins in which animals and humans must learn to live together. It's easier said than done...

6pm - HUMAN - French documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015 (191 min)

HUMAN is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us think about our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our 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. HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

Sunday 22 November at Alserkal Avenue

7pm (The Yard - outdoor) HOME - French documentary by Yann Arthus Bertrand, 2009

Synopsis above.

9pm (The Yard - outdoor) Sawt Al Bahar (Sounds of the Sea) - United Arab Emirates, movie directed by Nujoom Al Ghanem, 2014

Saif Alzibadi, the old famous sea singer wishes to cross Umm Al Quwain Creek for the last time in his life on a fishing boat and to sing one of his old folklore songs to the fishermen. However, he’s considered disabled in the eyes of so many people around him including his own children. Regardless of their disapproval, his close friend, Sultan Bin Ghaffan, risks to help him accomplish his dream in secret. This film is a witness to the constraints of old age in the face of friendship and last dreams.

Monday 23 November at Alserkal Avenue

7pm (The Yard - outdoor) - Il était une foret (Once Upon A Forest) - French documentary by Luc Jacquet, 2015

Written and directed by Luc Jaquet, Once Upon a Forest invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. For the first time, we will be able to watch a rainforest growing before our eyes. Drawing on a vast fund of research and knowledge, Once Upon a Forest will lead viewers on a journey into the depths of the tropical jungle, into the very heart of life on earth. For years, Luc Jacquet has spellbound audiences worldwide with his intimate yet spectacular stories of the natural world. His encounter with pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé was to give birth to this extraordinary exploration of the prehistoric rainforests, the great green lungs of our planet. Once Upon a Forest offers this unique voyage into a completely untamed universe, a world of perfect balance in which each living thing - from the smallest to the largest - plays an essential role. The film will deliver a complete sensory immersion in the primeval splendour of one of nature's richest mysteries, inviting the audience to enter, discover and marvel at a universe of untold treasures while joining its voice to the ever growing awareness of the need to preserve our world.

8:30pm (The Yard - outdoor) - La glace et le ciel (Ice and the Sky) - French documentary by Luc Jacquet, 2015

Luc Jacquet brings to the screen the story of Claude Lorius, who set out to study the icescapes of Antarctica in 1957. He tells of our planet's history and of our future - a future inextricably linked with mankind's impact on our planet. A unique - profoundly human - scientific adventure, this is the story of a lifetime devoted to pursuing the vital secrets of existence hidden at the heart of a frozen world.

Ice and the Sky was presented as closing film at Cannes Festival 2015.

Tuesday 24 November at Alserkal Avenue

6pm (The Yard - outdoor) HUMAN - French documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015 (191 min)

Synopsis above.

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About Alliance Française Dubai

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Alliance Française Dubai is extremely active on the cultural scene of the UAE. They promote visual and performing arts not only for French and Francophone artists but as well for other artists of various nationalities.


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