The other day I was tired and I could not find the energy for working on anything. I was in no particular mood for another mindless TV episode, nor did I have the desire to watch another pointless movie. I found myself digging through documentary films: a balance, I felt, between work and rest. It has been three days since I did so and the documentary that I decided on has left a searing impression on me ever since.
“Home” (2009), is a documentary that is both aesthetically wondrous and scorchingly eye opening. It is a film about the history of our planet; its growth, its evolution, its various inhabitants; plants, animals, and HUMAN. It is the history of life on our planet–from beginning to our present predicament. I found most scathing, the last 50 years: Humans have changed the face of this planet in ways that I was never, fully, able to realize until I watched this film. We have damaged our home in ways never before imaginable in the entire known history of the planet. I say all this and yet find my words greatly understate just how dire the situation has become.
It is not, as most documentary films of the sort have become, a demonstration of hopeless doom and apocalyptic gloom. Rather, this film shows possibility for human growth–promise for our future and our home before it is too late.
If there is one film you watch this year (only one film) this NEEDS to be it.
The internet has many places where you can find a free copy of it. There is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for not turning your attention to the place we all call home for a couple of hours. Sometimes, we all have to do a little house cleaning and this is, more than at any time in the history of the planet, the time we need it most. We are all responsible for the place we live. The project is immense, but this film offers us a glimpse and a rough road-map of the chores that NEED to be done.
If there is one little thing that I can do now, it is to stress the importance of this film as a wake-up-call. Please, if you have not yet seen this film take the time to view it as soon as you can. Please spread the word to other people to watch as well.
Thank-you for helping to make our home a better place,
~Justin Allen Philcox