Climate Change in Bangladesh: ‘Human’ lens

French Environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand is well known for his directed documentaries. This month, Yann has released a 27 minute documentary that he and Anastasia Mikova directed on Bangladesh and the effect of climate change in the delta. The stunning pictures awe us with surreal vibe and fear.

Anastasia Mikova wrote in a Facebook post wrote about her work in Bangladesh and with

I’ve been to Bangladesh twice: first time almost six years ago for a TV show “Earth from Above” where I met Yann. It was actually our first shooting together and he was testing me to see how good of a journalist I was. Well, I should have been not too bad since the second time was for Human, five years later. Bangladesh is a country you never forget. First because you are confronted to such poverty that you just can’t imagine to exist, second because obviously it makes you reflect on your own life and your own choices. I won’t go into a long speech of self reflection, I would just like to say that I’m very happy that for the International Climate Conference (COP21) with Yann we could do a film specifically about BANGLADESH. It truly deserves our attention. So please take a minute to watch it.

The documentary also focuses on Friendship, a value-based organisation based in Bangladesh. It provides primary and secondary healthcare via floating vessels. Founded in 2002, the organization serves the isolated communities of the chars (islands) of northern Bangladesh.

The documentary covered Friendship-Engie’s partnership project that provides solar panels to remote islanders of Bangladesh. The documentary does miss any sort of political statement.

Bangladesh is the 6th worst affected country to climate change, according to latest Global Climate Risk Index. The flood plain has become seemingly vulnerable as migration and natural disaster become more and more frequent. The resource scarce country faces dual dilemma of keeping up with the continuous growth and deal with climate change.

Last year, Yann’s three part documentary Human received overwhelming response from audience. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNEP, the UN Environmental Programme. The United Nation(UN) endorsed documentary was first premieres at Venice film festival. HUMAN is the first movie to premiere in the General Assembly Hall of the UN, to an audience of 1,000 viewers, including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Google has six HUMAN-dedicated YouTube channels, offering the film subtitled in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The YouTube channels also host three hour-long features on HUMAN, covering its genesis, the making of the film, and its music. Arthus-Bertrand’s nonprofit, the GoodPlanet Foundation, is planning provide free copies of the film and debate materials for schools and NGOs around the world.

The best part to me of the documentary was:

Human was produced over a period of three years, a team of 20 interviewing more than 2000 people in 60 countries.