a film so priceless, it’s free

June 8, 2009

Very few things manage to dazzle, educate and motivate in 10 minutes, let alone 1.5 hours.  Yet that’s exactly what Yann Arthus-Bertrand does in his film HOME released on Friday.  Instead of the harsh graphics and jarring editing of many eco films, he uses his swooping aerial imagery to present our planet as a masterpiece: one that must not only be appreciated but lovingly restored.   By capturing nature with the sort of awe of a lover, he inspires desire rather than obligation.  It’s utterly brilliant.

The best part?  HOME, like love, is free.  You can watch it on YouTube, but only until June 14th.  I highly recommend the full-screen option.  Many thanks to Dhrumil at We Like It Raw for tipping me onto it.

You might also like to check out the filmmaker’s talk on TED, one of my all-time favorite sites. In fact, I could write a whole post about TED: truly thought-provoking talks from a wide-range of talented thinkers.  Again, all free. If you’ve never heard of TED, your world’s about to get rocked.

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