The Age of Man

A film written by Ismaël Khelifa and Julien Goetz, directed by Dimitri Grimblat.

TV broadcast — 2015

Climate change is a key factor in the development and/or extinction of past, present and future civilizations.

With its 90mn documentary feature, Wild-Touch aims to recount such a fundamental relationship. Before us, ancient civilizations also have had to deal with climatic and environmental changes. How did they rise up to the challenges? What can we learn from them?

And what can we do to revive our connection with climate?

Understanding the challenge

Children of the Anthropocene endeavors to look into the past civilizations so as to shed light on the present, while giving a voice to the new generation which is rewriting the rules of our society. What choices do we have in the face of climate change?

Why is this film important?

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the world entered a new era

The Anthropocene
or "the Age of Man"

Over a 200-year period, we became the strongest geological force. We changed our climate more than any other natural element, just as volcanoes and meteorites did in the past.

We are being precipitated into climate change. But history shows us that we aren’t the first to face this type of challenge. Before us, other civilizations have had to handle climate upheavals. Their capacity to reinvent themselves conditioned their persistence or their decline.

Will we be able to restructure our society and adapt to climate change?

For the first time in history, we are facing a choice which enlists all of humanity. On all continents. Throughout the world, independent citizens have begun inventing new models and solutions to environmental issues. They are acting, while political leaders are finding it hard to agree on concrete measures. This takes place under the watchful eye of theorists calling for a virtuous reconnection between men and their environment.

What isthis film about?

  • . 1From peak to decline: civilizations threatened by climate change

    In the past, thriving, complex peoples had to face considerable hardship when their climate changed.

    The Maya or Greenland Vikings are the most striking examples.

    How does climate change entail decline?

    Which lessons do these societies teach us as our current civilization also faces global warming?

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  • . 2What choices do civilizations facing the threat of climate have?

    Each civilization tried to find its own response to the environmental threats it was to contend with.

    And how do we fight against climate change today? What choices did we make that led to the current situation?

    Will we be able to drive them on a positive trend? Or are we condemned to a wait-and-see attitude and/or to rely on authoritarian entities for enforcing restrictions in order to preserve our natural environments?

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  • . 3Will we know how to adapt to the world that we have created?

    Across the world, initiatives are being launched to respond to global warming. For a few years, multiple voices have been rising out of a fundamental component of our societies: cities, no matter what size they are.

    On such shifting territories, all sectors of our social organization are being restructured: food, transportation, housing, town planning… This grassroots movement brings together both citizens and leaders.

    Pragmatic and creative local solutions may arise as a response to global problems such as climate change.

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Julien Goetz

Julien Goetz

Climate is probably the most important challenge mankind is now facing up to. This is why I believe that Children of the Anthropocene is a fundamental story to be told. In the face of doubt and fear, there's nothing like an amazing story telling how, for several thousand years, men and climate have been following the same path. A collective tale to decide what comes next.

Ismaël Khelifa

Ismaël Khelifa

We can learn a lot about ourselves from the past civilizations which have had to deal with environmental threats. Looking back to the past shows us that we aren’t the first to face a drastic climatic change. A major question emerges: what will the future look like? Will we be able to create a new ecological democracy?


Dimitri Grimblat

Dimitri Grimblat

When I was directing my last documentary, I understood that collaborative action was an effective way to change things. The main purpose of Children of the Anthropocene is to explore climate change by traveling back through past civilizations, which will take us to the next level and help us learn from our experiences, and hopefully build a safe future for our children.


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