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The Center for Global Justice Presents Two Films Produced by Jacques Perrin

By Peter Weisberg

The Center for Global Justice will present two films by Jacques Perrin, one of the creators behind some of the most incredible nature documentaries in recent years.

Perrin helped create Winged Migration and Oceans, which have received widespread critical acclaim and have helped to invent new technology for viewing the natural world.

On Wednesday and Thursday July 10–11, the Global Justice Center will show Microcosmos and Seasons, both outstanding documentaries that place the viewer squarely in the realm of its subjects.

We’re all familiar with history as told through the deeds of humans. But we are less familiar with the natural world with which we are surrounded and entwined. Humans are, after all is said and done, just one piece of what many of us now know—and many indigenous peoples knew for far longer—is an incredibly intricate and codependent web of life.

Microcosmos (1996) allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing. The making of this film took three years, developing specialized macro lenses and sound equipment that capture the world of a myriad of insects and tiny organism that inhabit our world with us. The ground-level, close-up cinematography of a meadow in France is intimate in a way few films have ever explored before. The unexpected complexity of the lives these creatures live is a marvel. Beauty, savagery, order, and symbiosis in daily survival play a part in this microworld. Part art, part science, and a heavy dose of wonder all combine to create a unique film experience.

In Seasons (2015), Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when—in a relatively short period of time—the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later that man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads into the forest as settled agriculturalists—and later more dramatically via industry and warfare.

With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world. The images are gorgeous. At times you feel as if you’re moving through a dream, being pulled into the flow of other animal species as they move through their habitats, interacting with each other and the world around them. Seasons has the advantage of its focus on a timeline, able to show the gradual incursion of man into this earthly paradise. Both of these films are beautiful reminders of what is at stake in a world fast reaching a point of no return.

 

Documentary

Microcosmos

Wed, Jul 10, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 50A

70 pesos

 

Documentary

Seasons

Thu, Jul 11, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 50A

70 pesos

 

Seasons

 

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