On Tuesday, January 26 at 9:05 pm, M6 will broadcast a world premiere of “Legacy” (“inheritance” in French), the new documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
The first few minutes transport the viewer to Kenya, where the environmental activist lived in the 1980s, writing a thesis on lions. Throughout the images, he evokes his fifty years of commitment, the evolution of humanity and its deleterious impact on the planet, with the history of world energy as the common thread.
His “most personal” and “most difficult” film to make
In videoconference from the virgin island of Port-Cros (Var), the 74-year-old director says: it is his most personal film. He asked for two years of work. “It’s definitely the hardest for me to make. Making a movie about the end of the world is difficult. I didn’t want to make a disaster movie, it’s a movie about” I hope. I try to be a teacher. It’s for everyone. I’m not trying to attack the lobbies. The solutions are extremely complicated, but they exist. “
He strove to work for the economy, using a large amount of footage, to expend as little carbon as possible. “Decarbonizing our lives is complicated, but we must remember that 10% of the planet’s people are responsible for global warming.”
Delighted to be associated with La Six, which is once again offering a “green” week from January 24-31, Yann Arthus-Bertrand is happy to have “met enthusiastic people” who “were aware of the responsibility of making this film.” and hopes that the channel has a good surprise at the audience level.
“I don’t know a green man today who is optimistic”
And when we evoke the anguished side of the subject, especially in the last part in which he appears in front of the camera, he responds: “I’m not melancholic, I’m moved (…) Honestly, today I don’t know a green man. Hui que is optimistic! But you cannot live otherwise than being optimistic (…) It is a film that I have been playing for a year and a half, that nobody wanted to make, they told me it was too pessimistic. And when I called M6, they were willing to do it immediately. It is important not to do purely commercial things. Of course we are not going to change the world with a film, but our duty is to try. We must try to share this ambition. It is a film about love. It is good to be aware of love to life. The most important thing. There is so much ecology blah … “
“I did not find it distressing, it seemed essential”, defends in turn Ophélie Meunier, who will lead a debate in the second part of the evening on ecology. “For me, there is still time to act. Even if it is difficult, we will still try to find solutions and actions to take, at different scales. Explain what everyone can do. The environment and well-being is now the number one priority of the French. I am 33 years old, I have a son and I hope that when he is my age, he will see the benefits of the actions we can launch today.
“We may not make it, but at least we will have tried”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand adds: “There are many people who do not want to see the truth in the face. Every day, on the radio, on the news, there is melting ice, global warming … These words have no more force. it is worth fighting until the end. We may not succeed, but at least we will have tried. “
And he adds: “We are all going to die one day, that’s for sure, as long as life span is important. I’m 74 years old, I was green when I was 20. I never would have.” We plan to speak, 50 years later, of the end of humanity. The solutions are to avoid fossil fuels, which are at the center of our economy. We have to make a decision. (…) no lobbies that push us to put gasoline in our cars or eat pesticides ”.
“What is more important than the future of our children?”
“Legacy, which is also translated as ‘inheritance,’ obviously speaks of transmission.” We all have children. And what is more important than the future of our children? Nothing more ”assures the septuagenarian, father and grandfather. Today, children make their parents think a lot. There is no family without a child who is not green. There is a conscience. We live in the banality of evil. The banality of the good and much more present in children ”. However, “children should not be asked to carry the weight of the world, it is up to us to carry it now. What world are we going to leave them? They believe in a great future, and we will leave them a complicated future ”.
For ecology, “we can’t find a vaccine”
As for the pandemic, he obviously alludes to it: “We realized that disaster was possible. It can happen much faster than we think, and at a global level. We say yes to ourselves. It is far away, even what happens. realize that we are naked from the front. ”But above all,“ we are capable of stopping the economy to save lives. But ecology is also saving lives. It would take one pandemic a year to reduce our carbon footprint, but nobody wants that. “For ecology, we can’t find a vaccine.”
“Legacy”, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Tuesday 26 January at 9:05 pm on M6, followed by a debate moderated by Ophélie Meunier and the broadcast of “Home” (2009) in its long version.