Young people everywhere are fighting for human rights, climate justice, dignity, freedom of expression, access to education, safe food, and clean water. Alone, against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, teens around the globe are standing up to protect and care for those directly in harm’s way. Now eighteen, Melati has been fighting to end the barrage of plastic pollution ravaging her country, Indonesia. Connecting with like-minded young people who are rising up in their own communities, Melati travels to the favelas of Rio, the remote villages of Malawi, to the refugee waters of Greece, and to Native American ceremonies in the mountains of Colorado. Rene, Mary, Xiu, Memory, Mohamad and Winnie reveal a magnificent world of beauty, joy and resilience, and affirm their commitment to something bigger than ‘self.’ At a time when everything seems to be or has been falling apart, these young leaders show us all how to live. Earlier this year to great acclaim, Bigger Than Us, made its world premiere at Cannes, accompanied by the film’s producer, Oscar and César winning-actress, Marion Cotillard.
Festivals: Cannes ’21
Themes: social justice, environmental advocacy, human rights, youth justice, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, refugee protections, planet earth
Feature film recommended for age: 12+