We are going to be hosting a screening of French documentary Demain (Tomorrow), simultaneously with Bristol and Todmorden. Solutions-focused and featuring Totnes, Demain has already been seen by 1.5M people in France, and more across Europe, and Rob Hopkins has been working hard to bring it here since its launch.
Totnes Civic Hall, January 24th, 6.30pm
Tomorrow has been a huge phenomenon in France; launched in December 2015, it has been watched by over 1.5 million people and won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars). The TTT office has noticed an upsurge in interest in Transition since the film opened, and many more overseas tourists have come to the town to witness Transition in action and become inspired.
The film tells the story of its co-producers, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. Cyril Dion is a French activist, author and journalist, who has led an NGO for seven years. In 2012, he discovered a study in the journal Nature, stating that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100 if we don’t drastically change our way of life. He shared his worries with his friend, actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent. Cyril has two children, Mélanie has just had a baby, and they don’t see how they can remain idle, faced with this information. With a small film crew, the pair set off on a road trip around the world in search of solutions, and the film premiered in Paris during the COP21 climate talks.
Tomorrow is arranged in 5 chapters, food, energy, economics, democracy and education, and opens with a visit to Totnes and meeting Rob Hopkins and Ben Brangwyn. They also go to Todmorden to learn about Incredible Edible, and to Bristol to find out about the Bristol Pound. The rest of their journey takes them to the US, India, Finland, and Denmark.
Simultaneous screenings in Totnes, Todmorden and Bristol on January 24th begin the UK release of the film, orchestrated by the Transition Network. Cyril Dion will attend the Totnes screening at the Civic Hall, and will introduce it virtually to the other venues. The UK is the first country to use this model for distribution; if successful, it is hoped that it could be rolled out elsewhere in the same way. The aim is to get the film screened in every community in the UK. It has already been seen in schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments.
Tomorrow is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It is currently on release in 29 other countries, regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects. It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. It also has a great soundtrack, which was released in its own right.
Doors will open at 6.30pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. Due to demand, tickets can now be booked - please reserve your seats by emailing with DEMAIN ADVANCE TICKETS in the subject box and your name and the number of tickets you wish to reserve in the message. Reserved tickets will need to be collected and paid for by 7.15pm on the night or they will be put out for resale. The event is a fundraiser for the Transition Film Festival, which will be held March 9th-12th.
Tickets cost £5. £4 concs, and £2 for under 25s. Totnes Civic Hall.
Doors at 6.30pm for drinks and socialising. Film starts at 7.30pm, introduced by Rob Hopkins, and will finish at 9.30pm, followed by half an hour for reflection.