Young French Cinema 2023: Bigger Than Us
Director: Flore Vasseur Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 2021
Starring: Melati Wijsen, Memory Banda, Mohamad Al Jounde, Rene Silva, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Young French Cinema 2023
Discover a new generation of directors, presented at the Film Center from May 19 – 22, 2023.See more Young French Cinema
About the film:
Official Selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary Film at the 2022 César Awards
For six years, Melati, 18, has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising up to fix the world. Everywhere, teenagers and young adults are fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, access to education or food. Dignity. Alone against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, they protect, denounce and care for others. The earth. And they change everything.
Melati goes to meet them across the globe. From the favelas of Rio to the remote villages of Malawi, from makeshift boats off the island of Lesbos to Native American ceremonies in the mountains of Colorado, Rene, Mary, Xiu, Memory, Mohamad and Winnie reveal a magnificent world, one of courage and joy, of commitment to something bigger than oneself. At a time when everything seems to be or has been falling apart, these young people show us how to live. And what it means to be in the world today.