United States Premiere In this film, we follow the quest of young Québécois activist Mikael Rioux, founder of Échofête, Quebec’s first environmental festival, for solutions to our pressing global problems. He meets the iconic Christian de Laet, who participated in the first U.N.-sponsored conference on the environment in 1972; Ashok Khosla, the charismatic president of the world’s largest alternative development NGO, as well as Karl-Henrik Robèrt, the Swedish oncologist-turned-sustainable development guru. He also views the innovative projects of John Todd, the ecological designer whom MIT hailed as one of the 35 most significant inventors of the 21st century, whose partner, Nancy Jack Todd, speaks about the origins of their avant-garde “New Alchemy” movement. He travels to Zurich, the heart of international finance, with the humanist economist Peter Koenig to meet Marilyn Melhmann, the driving force behind the Global Action Plan, and listen to a heart-to-heart conversation with Wangari Maathai of Kenya, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement. Directed by Sylvie Van Brabant. Produced by Sylvie Van Brabant, Marie-France Côté, Patricia Bergeron, Rapide-Blanc (National Film Board of Canada).
Introduced by Felix Angel, Curator, IDB Cultural Center, Inter-American Development Bank. Discussion with Mikael Rioux, star of the film, follows screening.