Once You Know

Once You Know

104' 2020
dir.: Emmanuel Cappellin

From climate-related depression to finding practical solutions for difficult times

How does it feel when you already know no miracle will happen to stop a climate catastrophe? As a committed filmmaker and activist, Emmanuel Cappellin decided to dedicate his film to global warming. He suffered a nervous breakdown on his way to China aboard a giant container ship. The climate depression forced him to reevaluate his life and make several key choices. But his film is not a chronicle of internal dilemmas. Starting from very personal experiences, Cappellin does not lose sight of the wider context; instead of creating another warning of the impending crisis, he shows how to minimize its effects. He visits people who have had to learn to deal with extreme weather events and their aftermath and talks to experts who are looking for practical solutions for difficult times. Sooner or later we will all have to face the tough questions posed by his film. 

Konrad Wirkowski


Hong Kong IFF 2020 - Jury Prize
AFO and CZU FF 2020 - Grand Prize
DokuFest 2020


Screenings of the film as part of the WATCH DOCS travelling festival are co-financed by the European Union in the frame of the European Parliament's grant programme in the field of communication. The European Parliament was not involved in its preparation and is, in no case, responsible for or bound by the information or opinions expressed in the context of this action. In accordance with applicable law, the authors, interviewed people, publishers or programme broadcasters are solely responsible. The European Parliament can also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage that may result from the implementation of the action.

104' 2020 Francja
Emmanuel Cappellin
Emmanuel Cappellin
Anne-Maarie Sangla
Pulp Films
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