“Animal”, rethinking the relationship with living things

Animal **

By Cyril Dion

French documentary, 1 h 45

Animal Part of a terrifying observation: 68% of vertebrate wild animals have disappeared in less than fifty years. A million animal and plant species are also threatened with extinction in the coming decades.

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To understand what is akin to the sixth mass extinction, Cyril Dion took up the pilgrim’s staff that had inspired his first documentary, tomorrow. Co-produced with Mélanie Laurent, this successful documentary (1.1 million admissions and a César in 2016) made an inventory of solutions to build an ecological and human society.

Meet the activists

To better embody his thinking, the documentary filmmaker took two 16-year-old environmental activists on his travels: Bella, British ambassador of the Jane Goodall Foundation, and Vipulan, member of Youth for climate Paris, movement initiated by school strikes for the climate.

Together, they meet activists who seek to tackle the reasons for the collapse of animal species: pollution, with Afroz Shah, a young Indian lawyer who cleans beaches and trains locals to recycle to avoid dumping plastic waste. , poisons for marine animals; overexploitation, with Claire Nouvian, French activist against deep-sea fishing; habitat destruction and poaching, with famous British ethnologist Jane Goodall.

New paradigms of relation to living things

In spite of an overly didactic and repetitive narration, the great merit of this documentary is to give voice to actors embarked in the cogs of a system which exceeds them, like this breeder trapped in the productivist model and his debt spiral.

Animal proposes new paradigms of relation to living things, with Baptiste Morizot, philosopher and tracker of wild animals, who questions the interdependence of the animal kingdoms (including humans) and plants, or Éloi Laurent, economist who proposes to break with the obsession with the GDP for that of well-being. Enough to nurture reflection and fight against “eco-anxiety”, distress linked to the climate challenge which especially affects young people.


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