Feelgood green film is huge hit in France

Melanie Laurent ... message of hope
Updated 15 June 2016
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Feelgood green film is huge hit in France

PARIS: When the French actress Melanie Laurent read a now famous 2012 paper by leading scientists warning that the Earth’s climate was reaching a tipping point from which it may never recover, she sat down and wept.
“I was pregnant, and I was so shocked I spent the whole day crying,” she said, wondering what kind of world she was bringing her child into.
But instead of succumbing to fatalism, Laurent — best known for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” — went looking for the positive.
With study after study confirming the dire warnings by experts about the state of the biosphere, Laurent and her friend Cyril Dion felt people needed hope.
“Demain” (Tomorrow), their feelgood film about how the world can change for the better — and the inspirational farm, energy and educational pioneers who are pointing the way — has had cinema audiences on their feet.
More than a million people have so far flocked to see it in France alone, where it won the Cesar — or “French Oscar” — for the best documentary of the year.
The film shows how new French peramculture techniques can make small organic microfarms 10 times more productive than industrial farming — and all without the aid of a single piece of petrol-driven machinery.
It highlights how major cities like San Francisco are recycling and composting 80 percent of domestic waste — and making money from it — while Copenhagen aims to run on renewable energy alone within less than a decade.
Dion, an environmentalist, said he was overawed by the enthusiasm that has greeted the crowd-funded film in France, Belgium and Switzerland, receiving standing ovations wherever it showed.
“People say that it has given them back hope and enthusiasm to do lots of things... that things can be done,” he said.


Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

Updated 22 April 2019
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Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

  • Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited
  • Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006

LONDON: Police in Iraq have arrested a man selling watches in central Baghdad with images of the country’s former dictator Saddam Hussein on their faces.
Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited.
Baghdad police department said in a statement that they acted after they had received a tip from a member of the public that someone was selling wristwatches with pictures of Saddam Hussein on them.
The statement did not give further details about the arrest.
Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006 after being convicted of crimes against humanity.
Iraq’s judiciary recently said no decision or law had been implemented to punish Saddam Hussein’s supporters and pointed out that any step in this regard should be first initiated by the Iraqi Parliament, despite the country’s constitution prohibiting the existence of the former Ba’ath party.
This statement came after a popular poet appeared in the southern province of Dhi Qar, delivering a poem that many saw as a tribute to Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for decades, from 1979 until his fall in 2003.