TWITTER Director of photography: Alexandre Leglise The educational, continent-hopping investigation was a surprise hit, racking up more than a million admissions, winning the 2016 César for Best Documentary, and becoming a focal point for a gathering movement of citizens committed to putting its practical, inspiring, think-global-act-local solutions into practice. Now the time has come to give some back, we can’t keep taking anymore. The Planet or The Humans: Michael Moore’s false... Faces of the Resistance: 2 Years, 22 Uprisings. The filmmaking can get a bit cutesy at times, employing an overtly upbeat soundtrack and featuring throwaway scenes where we see Laurent trekking to a new destination with her crew of unshaven Frenchies, all of them wearing the same pair of Ray-Bans. In the process, it also speeds up the complete elimination of the very resources on which it relies. Listening to Malik Yakini and Kadiri Sennefer, Co-Managers at D-Town Farm, a seven acre organic farm that is part of the larger Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, pop the bubble on the romanticized notion of urban farming as a hip and sexy new thing to do is reassuring in that it sets the tone for the entire movie. With the acknowledgment out of the way that humans have done a total number on the planet, Dion, Laurent, and their crew set off on their journey to talk to the people who are doing things in ways that are more aligned with the Earth’s natural speed and complexity. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter

Jeremy Rifkin points out that individuals in local communities will be called upon to take back power from governments and corporations and replace top-down policies with horizontal activism. But arresting though that thought certainly is, the year 2100 is an almost luxurious consideration if you’re in some doubt as to whether we’re going to make it to the end of next week. This documentary is bubbling over with practical solutions to today's problems. Privacy | Released theatrically in France just as 195 countries joined together to sign the landmark Paris Climate Accord, Tomorrow offers up an alternative to such big-nation (and some would say inadequate) proposals, revealing how farmers, teachers, researchers and small-town participants have found their own methods for combating issues like global warming, food shortage and general economic meltdown. Like a sunnier, less snarky version of Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next,” the solution-focussed doc highlights a model public school in Finland; a citywide composting project in San Francisco; a town in England that prints its own money; a village in India in which local democratic process has led to solidarity against the unjust caste system; an envelope factory in Lille which reinvests its profits rather than paying shareholders; bike schemes in Copenhagen; Iceland’s pioneering response to political breakdown; and so on. And no causal interrelation is too complex for Laurent and Dion to find a way of breaking down into easily digestible concepts. The Endangered Species Coalition works through grassroots organizing and mobilizing to keep wildlife and wild places protected. Robert gets a lot of people from France interested in our recycling and composting program, and I’ve been on a few tours with him, but not this one. There are now over a thousand transition towns in over 50 countries, including a few in my own backyard, using their own creative and cultural resources to build the kind of resilient communities that can be sustained beyond the age of fossil fuels, but the oldest ones in the U.K. including Hopkins’ original Totnes show just how profound the changes can be when these alternative ways of sharing physical and mental spaces are allowed to be explored and refined over time. About halfway into Tomorrow, the focus shifts from the physical aspects of the transition we need to the shift in consciousness necessary to reimagine how we want to live together with and on this planet.I mean transition quite literally, as my personal highlight in the next segment on economy is the interview with the ever-engaging founder of the Transition Movement, Rob Hopkins. I keep returning to that question. Titled “Demain” in its original French version, the story follows French actress and director Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and her friend, activist Cyril Dion, around the world in search of concrete solutions to our fragile planet’s current unsustainable trajectory.

But as we need all hands on deck it’s important to welcome people from any and all entry points and encourage them to go deeper and further. Who will lead this revolution? Eat less meat!) In most cases, it’s a question of communities taking power back from governments and corporations — a form of horizontal activism which, as author Jeremy Rifkin points out, may be the best way to undo the top-down policies that have set us on the fast track to destruction. It takes that as a known fact, and then highlights the people who are fighting in small but appreciable ways to stop that from happening.

Tomorrow has drawn over a million viewers in France and gave its debut on Bay Area big screens last weekend to capacity audiences. Sitemap | While well intentioned, the do-good storyline carries its own risks: from the overzealous protagonist whose quest to live completely without this or that facet of modern day life makes for good entertainment (that you would never try at home) to the flowery salvation story following a subject’s miraculous transformation from problematic to resolved in 90 minutes, solutions-oriented documentaries gone wrong can come across as overbearing, preachy, or starry-eyed. But perhaps it’s the winning sincerity of the directors’ intent (there’s a lovely quality of genuineness that Laurent also brought to her previous narrative directorial outings, “The Adopted” and especially 2014’s excellent “Breathe”) that overcomes the cutesiness of filmmaking that can at times feel one Snapchat filter or hand-drawn font away from full-blown hipsterism.