“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences…”
Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
Going into any interview, it’s usually pretty easy to figure out the line of questioning you want to provide. You have at least an outline in your mind of how you hope the responses will come out. Research can really help create a fluid blueprint of what questions you decide on asking. Usually you can at least go to a generic or “standard” film question. I mean there are usually ways to cover yourself. With my recent interview with Climate Refugees‘ producer Justin Hogan I found myself scared.
It was hard not to push my own views, emotions and concerns directly on to Justin. I didn’t want to sound like I was preaching back to Justin. That is the power of the documentary film. Its an art that is based on the facts around us and those facts are used to provide a clear view of a general point or thesis. You want to inform someone of something intriguing and gripping. After watching Climate Refugees, I felt it necessary to want to do something. I wanted to stand up and do something more. I felt moved after watching this film. That is why I was scared to not live up to Justin’s premise by asking weak “standard” questions. Instead I decided to just let Justin, do what the film does so well, educate me and by extension hopefully you.
Director Michael Nash and Producer Justin Hogan wanted to take the lessons learned from films like an Inconvient Truth and give us “The Human Face Of Climate Change”. Justin really eloquently explains what that means.
The film starts by giving us a place to see the immediate impact of the Climate’s changes. That first place is Bangladash and we are introduced to just some of the climate refugees. As an Israeli-American my homeland’s current history is a tale of Refugees being relocated and we’ve all seen the conflicts from that deal. The film explains how Climate Refugees give the world a group of people that we will need to figure out where they can live.
Young Bangldesh Children ( Southern Bangladesh)
The film does an amazing job of showing us Justin and Director Michael Nash’s journey across the world. But the story of how Michael and Justin first started the project is just as globe trotting and interesting.
These two gentlemen had a vision.
The difficulty is knowing that we’ve only just started to witness the horrors. Things are going to be a lot tougher in the upcoming decades.
(Not real people – just statues!!! It freaked me out in the film too!! – but don’t worry you can keep going!!)
The leading nations are going to have to make a stand and figure the next steps.
One of the best reasons to see the film is that its not trying to give a political angle. Michael and Justin don’t want you to believe what they believe. They aren’t asking you to change who you are. I’ll let Justin explain further.
– Albert Einstein