Ukrop Auditorium – Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond
In imdb.com’s view of Planetary, the film’s central message is that our globe’s crisis is one of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross-continental, cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. The film asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that: we are planetary.
In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan. Intimate interviews with renowned experts range from astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, to National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu School, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.