A Critique on Home

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A CRITIQUE ON HOME- (A movie documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

Ofelia R. Escauriaga
DevCom Student at the University of the Philippines Open University

HOME, the environmental movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand was first seen on June 5, 2009 to coincide with the World Environmental Day. It was released simultaneously in 181 countries to cinemas, online via Youtube, on DVD and Blu-ray and even French Television. The film holds the record for largest single scale release of any film in the history of films.

Making of the movie took Arthus-Bertrand three years. 2 years of it, he and a small crew traveled the globe to capture some of the most captivating aerial photography of our home planet. Indeed, the movie showed the awesome glimpse of the Earth as shown in the marvelous aerial footages he took from more than 120 locations in fifty-four countries. As I watched it, I suddenly realized that I will never have a chance to see one for real, and I am truly grateful for seeing this movie.

The film’s images are all beautiful and mesmerizing even though something is not right at all. Even in its unnatural or damaged state, Arthus-Bertrand has shot remarkably stunning pictures of our planet. Even the one in Israel about fossil water fed farms, the white shining circles unfortunately, were areas already depleted of their fossil water deposits and are abandoned. As narrated by Glenn Close, fossil waters are non-renewable resources which without doubt I immediately took as a fact without doing the trouble of validation simply because the maker of the movie commands outright trust, integrity and honesty. This notion continues through as the narration went on, matched by frames after frames of images of the rampant depletion of the natural resources and its effect on the Earth’s climate as brought about by human activities. From oil mills, forest fires, factories, industrial farming, deforestation, shrinking rivers, and the building of megalopolises that require...
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