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The 11th Hour

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The 11th Hour‘  is an environmentally friendly phenomenon which will bring you to the real world   we are living. Tasha Robinson, a senior editor and double-majored in journalism and film at the university of University Of Iowa,  reviewed the film in August 2013; as well as it did Jürgen Fauth, a long-time film critic. Apart from that, the main themes and participants are also important for expanding the influence of the documentary and that is why the Top Documentary Film blog, a blog dedicated specially to the analysis of films, focus on it.

The 11th Hour film is directed by Nadia Connors and Leila Conners Peterson, which includes features narration from Academy Award® Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and was presented the first time at the Cannes Festival (16-27 May).

The Top Documentary Film describes the film:

With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Paul Hawken, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems.

Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. The film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. The film proposes potential solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation.

Jürgen Fauth affirms the following:

Among recent documentaries questioning the status quo (The Corporation, When the Levees Broke, Why We Fight, An Inconvenient Truth, Sicko), The 11th Hour takes the most far-reaching point of view and connects issues into larger patterns, culminating in a truly global call for change.

This film came after Al Gore’s Oscar-winning global warming shocker ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, another good movie which deals with the same kind of problems. It is really common the comparison between the two documentaries. Let’s see what A.V. Club’ Tata Robinson says about them:

Critics of Al Gore’s global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth derided it as more like a videotaped lecture than an actual film, but what it lacked in cinematic style, it made up for in earnest scholarship. As if providing the overbearing yang to Gore’s overly refined yin, The 11th Hour arrives as Inconvenient Truth‘s evil twin: a film that’s so restlessly, numbingly cinematic that it can barely communicate its message. Viewers will disagree over the appropriateness of the movie’s fear-mongering about the incipient environmental doomsday, based on their political predispositions, but either way, 11th Hour isn’t likely to win any new converts with its oppressive style and dizzying barrage of fuzzy factoids.

The aim of The 11th Hour is to concern people about the global green situation in order to make them aware of it. The film is a call for changing our behavior and becoming an active defender of global green. The planet  responds with different effects to all the hand-taking projects and pollution, being people in a great deal the main cause of them. A thing is clear, there are solutions to stop the global warming, deforestation, poisoned oceans, etc., the fact is that people, mostly the big companies, do not hesitate in destroying everything in order to get material benefits, forgetting the damage they cause to the nature. Consequently achieving the change is difficult, but possible. The future is in our hands.

REFERENCES

Top Documentary Films (2007), ‘The 11th Hour’. Retrieved Nov. 9, 2013 from http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/11th-hour/

Tasha Robinson Aug. 17, 2013, A.V.Club, ‘The 11th Hour’. Retrieved Nov.11, 2013 http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-11th-hour,3341/

Jürgen Fauth, About.com, ‘The 11th Hour’. Retrieved Dec. 10, 2013 from http://worldfilm.about.com/od/documentaryfilms/fr/11thHour.htm

YouTube.  The11thHourMovie (09/07/2007), ‘The 11th Hour Trailer’. Retrieved Nov. 11, 2013 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENcV5zeMILs

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