The Great Green Wall

laurels icon Best Cinematography Nominee
  • A Dirty World
  • 1h 30m
  • Documentary Feature
  • UK Premiere
  • 2019

This film is available any time from 28 Oct to 7 Nov 2020.

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Fernando Meirelles and Malian musician Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa’s Great Green Wall. The film shares an ambitious vision: the growth of 8000km of trees across the continent, planted to fight the effects of mass migration, resource scarcity and climate change.

Jared P. Scott is an award-winning filmmaker. Jared's climate films have screened at high level events worldwide, including NASA, NATO, the US Congress and EU Parliament. His films helped spark the fossil fuel divestment movement and galvanised the largest climate march in history, days before the 2014 UN Climate Summit.

In a world full of “disaster porn” and hectoring eco-documentaries that leave the viewer frozen with despair, The Great Green Wall stands out as filled with genuine hope and possibility. Taking the form of a 5,000-mile road trip across Africa from west to east through the Sahel - the farmlands on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert, imminently threatened with desertification - it is fronted by the highly engaging Malian singer Inna Modja, who leads us on a voyage of discovery, not only of the titular tree-planting project, “pharaonic” in scale, but of modern Africa’s popular music scene and simmering spirit of self-reliance. Capturing the colours and sounds of West Africa, and thus a feeling of being there, The Great Green Wall is deliciously Afrocentric and has a straightforward message: that the twin evils of Boko Haram terrorism and mass emigration have the same root cause, the southward advance of the Sahara sands, and thus the same solution: planting hundreds of millions of trees, a project that is already well advanced. Modja’s musical collaborators along her epic route include Senegal’s Didier Awadi, Nigeria’s Waje, Mali’s Songhoy Blues and Ethiopia’s Betty G. At times heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting, this is a must-see. Dan MacCannell

Representative

WaZabi Films

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Cast

Inna Modja

Director

Jared P. Scott

Executive Producer

Fernando Meirelles

Executive Producer

Sarah Macdonald

Executive Producer

Alexander Asen

Executive Producer

Thea Guest

Executive Producer

Sian Kevill

Executive Producer

Fabrizio Zago

Executive Producer

Camilla Nordheim-Larsen

Producer

Sarah Macdonald

Producer

Jared P. Scott

Producer

Nick North

Director of Photography

Tim Cragg

Editor

Pilar Rico

Sound Designer

Emma Butt

Sound Designer

Adam Prescod

Sound Designer

Jose Ramirez

Sound Designer

Matt A. Schoenfeld

Sound Designer

Hayley Wagner

Music

Charlie Mole

Music

Inna Modja

Language

English

Bonus Content

30 mins
The Great Green Wall Q&A

Q&A hosted by Raindance Programmer Malaika Bova with director Jared P. Scott.

This Q&A may contain spoilers, we recommend viewing the film first.