by Matthew Cobb
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the French photographer who produced that fantastic book and travelling exhibition, The Earth from the Air. Earlier this year, he produced a feature film, called simply Home, which surveys the history and state of the planet in a poetic, striking and somewhat depressing way, focusing on what we are doing to it.
The commentary is a bit over the top (sounds better in French), but the film is unmissable. You can watch the whole thing, for free, on YouTube. It lasts 90 minutes, so settle back and get the popcorn and beer out…
Mind you, it’s not a cheery view, and recalls Jim Morrison’s cry on an old Doors track “When The Music’s Over” – “What have we done to the Earth? What have we done to our fair sister? Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn, and tied her with fences and dragged her down.”
Warning: Contains scenes of unbearable beauty, and will probably turn you into a vegetarian and stop you driving a car ever again.
I’m afraid I can’t embed the Youtube link for some reason, so you’ll have to click here.