We have been in Japan for more than a week now, and it is time for us to review some recent events!
We received a very warm welcome from the Ainus of Hokkaido. We had the chance to meet a farmer, a dressmaker, a carver, a dancer and many other inspiring Ainu individuals.
Their testimonies confirmed the central place of Nature in Ainu culture. For instance, Kamuy -divine spirits present within all natural elements- are considered their equals. A relationship based upon balance and respect is thus created between them.
We are on our way to the Japanese island Hokkaido! We will start a filming session on Ainu people and their cultural and spiritual relationship with Nature.
As for the first shooting step in Alaska, we will travel in the most eco-friendly and local way as possible: we will stay with the famous Ainu descendant Kaizawa-san and in a Japanese guesthouse in exchange of a bit of help.
During our one-month stay in Japan, we will be guided and assisted by several inhabitants of the region who rapidly got enthusiastic about the documentary. We will meet an Ainu cook during a traditional cooking lesson and will have the chance to talk to an Ainu healer, dancer and to many people who inherited the Ainu culture and its relationship with Nature.
We cannot wait to share the pictures, videos and testimonies of this second session with you.
Pauline & Aimée are coming to the end of this first filming session in Alaska. It’s thus the occasion for them to share some thoughts on their experience in the ‘Far North’…
« Alaska is absolutely incredible…! Nature is omnipresent and stretches endlessly. The fauna and flora abound despite the rough wintry climatic conditions. This omnipresence totally affects the way Humans coexist with it. It’s not rare to run into a black bear (as the picture below can testify!), a grizzly, a moose (we can also testify!), wolves…
All of this compelling these populations never to lower their guard, to take every precaution at any time (bring an anti-bear spray and even a weapon sometimes…), and organize themselves depending on the life surrounding them (such as not camping near rivers nor woods).
We then realized how the domestication of Nature in France can create a huge feeling of omnipotence. On the contrary, we didn’t feel in Alaska that we were ‘dominating’ the site but had to accommodate, obliging us to a certain humility towards this very same Nature. »
It has already been 2 weeks and a half since we arrived in Alaska. Since then, we have met incredible people. We have been able to interview Native people from several ethnic groups (Yup’ik, Athabascans, Cup’ik…) who shared their relationship with Nature with a lot of kindness.
The Ecological Revolution must not only be economical and political, but spiritual as well! This revolution is not made of fear and powerlessness, but of cooperation and creation – if the system is not working anymore, then all must be reinvented! So let’s start working till tomorrow.
When people talk about ‘ecological transition’, what transition are they actually talking about? Towards what are we transiting? A big issue of this transition model is that it doesn’t know where it is headingto. However, by asking ecologically dependent societies, we give voices back to people often forgotten or ignored; by giving them the role of ‘guides’, we oblige ourselves to a certain humility.
By relying on actual, anchored, quantifiable and assessable data, we can manage to draw inspiration from it and support ecological transition.
Till Tomorrow is a documentary project mentored by the photographer & ecologist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and the explorer & filmmaker Nicolas Vanier.
In this race for ecological transition, we need ‘guides and ‘indicators’. By asking societies that are factually ‘eco dependent’, we give voices back to people which are often forgotten. The idea is to rely on actual, anchored, quantifiable and assessable data to draw inspiration out of it.
In the words of the ecologist writer Pablo Servigne in his book How everything can collapse, we believe that public at large resists to raise awareness around the emergency of the environmental crisis partly because of the absence of alternative models. We need storytelling, narrative speeches to imagine a future to create. And this is what we aim at offering through this documentary.
We aim at broadcasting Till Tomorrow not only in France, but worldwide. It will therefore be entirely subtitled in several languages.
Our motivations – Project notice
To us, this project answers to a key issue of the 21st century. We are deeply convinced that the way we perceive the World must change, and that we then need to re-invent tales and stories that would tell it in a different way.
Moreover? We think that these stories already exist and that we need to draw inspiration from populations who have had a different relationship to their environment for a very long time. We need inspiration to reconnect to Nature as much as to Humans, to stop perceiving them as destructors but creators “of some other things”. We truly believe that the ecological revolution is not made of fear and powerlessness (anymore?), but of cooperation and creation.
Biodiversity – and more broadly environmental crisis – today has an undeniable place. No doubt should remain about its veracity, and we cannot keep exploiting the planet and its finite resources to consume, pollute, waste the way we currently do while we plan to be 9 billions in 2050.
IPCC reports, inefficient COPs, Nicolas Hulot’s resignation… The message is clear: a change must come. In about 20 years, half of the countries will have their water rationed, the UN foresees 250 millions of climate refugees in 2050, South-East Asia might not be habitable in 2100, 3 out of 4 birds have disappeared from cities… Today’s era is the one of digital, video and social networks. An idea, a movement can emerge from a single Facebook post.
We are convinced that through travels, cultural diversity and a video format, we will be able to communicate on these issues to an already aware audience, but also to a less informed audience. We aim at opening a reflection on a dynamic that is not ashaming but constructive and cooperative.
This project was also built in the path of people already famous for their commitments, highlighting our approach’s legitimacy and supporting our media coverage. Indeed, mentored by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (GoodPlanet Foundation) & Nicolas Vanier, we believe we can have a great impact by motivating the change among the young generation which is a key to change.
We are also supported by the academic area (Sorbonne University, Crous, Paris city hall) and by great eco-friendly brands such as Patagonia. We seek to mobilize a young generation often lost and paralyzed by what seems to be an unavoidable change. We want to show that we can act and that a future is still to be imagined.