Having as a point of departure the discussion on the concept of sustainable development, this documentary will indicate different possible paths for us to reach a more prosperous and equal future, with more respect for the planet and a more conscious exploitation of natural resources.
In 2008, the world started to have more people living in urban environments than in rural areas -- and according to projections cities will keep growing in the next decades. This documentary will reflect on how the use of technology may help to make cities more efficient and better living environments. Besides testimonies from specialists, the film will show some Brazilian and international examples of smart cities in different segments, such as mobility, education and renewable resources.
On May 5th we celebrate the African World Heritage Day. Eighty-nine sites scattered on the continent in 33 countries are part of that list. The heritages are areas of unequaled value and significance for humanity, and must be continuously monitored. Among the main ones, we can mention: the Tsodilo Archeological Site (Botswana), the Dja Fauna Reservation (Cameroon), the city of Lamu (Kenya), the Tsingy National Park in Bemaraha (Madagascar), the stone churches of Lalibela (Ethiopia), the Kilimanjaro National Park (Tanzania), Timbuktu (Mali), Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe), the remains of Memphis (Egypt), and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania). Among the issues addressed in the project are the motives that made each site to be declared a world heritage, the opportunities to tourism industry and the main challenges for environmental preservation, since many of them are in great danger.
The documentary film "Renewable Energies" will present the main clean energies existent in the world, the growth potential of each one in the next few decades, and why a shift in the world energetic matrix is fundamental for humanity's future. Through a historical panorama of the energy consumption in the planet, the film will also show the direct relationship between global warming and the excessive use of fossil-origin energies.
The Central Amazon Conservation Complex is part of the largest protected area in the Amazon River Basin, with almost 15 million acres. It is one of the planet's richest regions in biodiversity, including several types of forest and more than half of Brazilian fauna. Therefore, UNESCO could not forget to mention this area located in the State of Amazonas, composed by the Jaú National Park (registered in 2000), by the Sustainable Development Reservation of Mamairauá Demonstration Area, the Amanã Sustainable Development Reservation, and the Anavilhanas Archipelago Ecological Station (registered in 2003). The site protects some species that are threatened of extinction, such as pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), manatee (Trichechus inunguis), jacaré-açu (Melanosuchus niger), two species of dolphins, among several others.
This documentary starts from a paradox – in the information society, where knowledge is the paramount asset, the way we acquire knowledge is outdated – to discuss the trends of traditional teaching around the world. Narrative will be structured on testimonies of experts, professors, directors, students, parents, entrepreneurs and legislators. Moreover, we will give concrete examples of initiatives that start being tested and used in different places. That meaningful technological and educational revolution will help very much to reduce functional and digital illiteracy.
The use of technology has transformed people's lives: everything became faster, and information are conveyed in a much swifter way. Society's behavior has changed, since people became more demanding because they are better informed. This documentary aims to explain what is the digital shift and which are society's and companies' challenges to face technological progress.
The economic empowerment of women is one of the world's most noticeable revolutions in the last 50 years, but the women's revolution is still far from completed. If women's empowerment was significant, dealing with its social effects will be one of the great challenges of the next 50 years. This documentary will bring a historical panorama on the theme; data, research and studies that help to reflect on the moment we find ourselves today. It will present a panorama of the major challenges we have ahead.
A country that had an accelerated growth in two decades and counts on reserves that attain U$ 3.3 trillion may today invest in any area it chooses. So is China, and, differently from other countries that squeeze their budgets, it surprises the world with its growth power. This documentary will present modern China and its main developments, based on the investment in new technologies, education, renewable energies and the construction of new cities.
This documentary intends to promote a reflection on the future of cities and to point ways to help the urban centers to become better places to live in. The film will have testimonies of specialists and will show some of the most sustainable cities in the world, such as Zurich (Switzerland), Stockholm (Sweden), Vienna (Austria), and London (United Kingdom).
This documentary will show how technology will promote a radical transformation in medicine in the next few years. In a near future, actions that today may look like science-fiction, such as synthetic organs produced in 3D printers, robots that perform operations in people, instead of doctors, and smartphones that collect information about the patient's health and send them automatically to the doctor, may be a part of our daily life.
Documentary series -- 5 40-minute episodes
How to eliminate extreme poverty? How to deal with mass population migrations? How to assure a pacific and diverse coexistence of races, genders and religions? How to guarantee the supply for the growing energy demand, replacing polluting and finite sources with a renewable, clean generation? How to rationalize the use of water? How to reduce the catastrophic effects of the climate change already in course in the planet?
Even though the sickly conjuncture in which we started the third millennium seems to point to a quite dystopian global future, Brazilian thinker Eduardo Giannetti foresees in his own backyard a possibility of global, utopian redemption. In the philosopher's view, the building of a Brazilian utopia might contribute to the sanitation of today's psychic and social ecologies. And that would happen just because of a feature seen up today as a historical drawback of the country: we never could (or wished to) fit completely in the Western civilizing molds.
The series will be a visual mosaic that approaches some of the most pressing themes of humanity, in discussions with characters so diverse as Marina Silva and Antonio Cícero, Leonardo di Caprio and Pope Francis, Newton da Costa and Ailton Krenak.
General direction: Carlos Nader
Content and interview coordination: Eduardo Giannetti
Production: Fernando Meirelles, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck
The main global challenges are annually discussed through Project Millennium. It is an initiative of the United Nations University (UNU) that gathers hundreds of specialists to discuss their visions of the future global challenges and, above all, to propose solutions for 15 significant themes that involve the whole planet. This documentary intends to discuss the global challenges and how nations try to face them.