CLIMATE CULTURES IN JAMAIKA III
“Fly Me to the Moon” - Film with Q&A
JM 2019, D: Esther Figueroa, 114 Min, (Eng. subs)
Q&A Esther Figueroa/ Jamaica with Tobias Gralke/ Berlin
“Fly Me to the Moon - On Planet Earth Everything Is Connected”, is a feature documentary by Jamaican independent filmmaker Esther Figueroa that takes us on a journey into the unexpected ways we are all connected on Planet Earth, by following aluminum – the metal of modernity – around the world and into space.
We travel for over a hundred years, visiting places as disparate as the moon, Jamaica, India, Suriname, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, Australia, Vietnam, the United States, encountering along the way human triumphs, technological innovations, multiple wars, societal upheavals, environmental devastation.
And in the urgent here and now of the climate crisis, the film challenges us to to think about the consequences of our consumption, to reimagine the ways in which we live, and to change our material culture and political economy that is destroying the planet we all depend on.
The film is based on research spanning 13 years and features archival footage and interviews with Jamaican farmers, activists, scientists and politicians. It had its world premiere at the 1st Global Extraction Film Festival 2020 in Amsterdam. Winner of 2019 Awareness Festival Merit Award.
On the Podium
Esther Figueroa PhD, is a Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer, educator and linguist. Her activist filmmaking gives voice to those outside of mainstream media. In 2020, she founded “The Global Extraction Film Festival”, the first online film festival focused on global extraction. Her environmental novel “Limbo”, was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Multi-cultural Fiction.
• 2014 Limbo. A Novel
• 2019 Fly Me to the Moon (114 min)
↗Esther Figueroa's YouTube channel