November is documentary film month in France and all French médiathèque libraries all over Europe are celebrating this fantastic event! The Institut français is proud to present the 11th edition of the European Documentary Film Month and Culturethèque is pleased to offer you all you need to know about this year's theme: the environment.
Culturethèque offers you material suitable for all age groups such as documentaries and extracts, an educational virtual exhibition on climate change and the environment in France and a selection of e-books. Below you can find links and videos to discover more about the Documentary Film Month and the environment.
Yann Arthus-Betrand speaks about Fragile Earth (ARTE)
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, a reporter, a documentary maker and an ecologist born 13th May 1946 in Paris. His first book La terre vue du Ciel appeared in 1999 and was made into a documentary in 2004 which became a world-wide best seller.
Ecosystème: le pétrole est-il soluble? (ARTE)
British Petroleum is responsable for a lot of pollution and are reproached by many environmentalists who fight to put an end to maritime oil-drilling. This short clip presents the recent ARTE documentary about the pollution in the Wadden Sea of Germany (in the North Sea) where oil-drilling has been taking place for just over a year even though this very particular ecosystem is listed as part of the global patrimony by UNESCO.
La Naissance d'une Ile by Bertrand Loyer
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is a vast underwater landscape. The Tonga archipelago is comprised of a myriad of islands covered in ash and fused rocks, cooled by the surrounding waves, which have emerged from within the earth's crust, from inside volcanoes. Despite the hostility of the environment, animals have adjusted and continue to habitate the islands. Amazing high-definition images animate this documentary and tell the story of the fight for survival in this unique and extraordinary ecosystem.