Anthropocene Era: 18th MIFF Hosts a Session

Anthropocene Era

Anthropocene Era: “We can’t dither, when nature is perishing. We can’t dither, when nature is on the verge of devastation, due to careless human hazards” said Director of ‘My Mercury’, Joëlle Chesselet, today during an enlightening In-Conversation session titled “In the Age of Anthropocene, Is There Still Time to Dither?- A Case in Point” at the 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF). The engrossing session was based on her eco-psychological documentary film, which premiered at MIFF yesterday.

Talking about her film, Joëlle said that the 104-min documentary steps into the extraordinary world of Yves Chesselet, her brother and his attempts at conservation on Mercury Island where seabirds and seals become his only companions. The film delves into the decline of endangered seabirds and other wildlife facing existential threats from seals. “His daring mission to reclaim the island for endangered species unfolds as a captivating tale of sacrifice, triumph and the profound bonds forged between man and nature”, she added.

She further said that it explores the complex psyche of human beings and our exhilarating relationship with nature. “Finding true human-nature relationship is like finding God”, an emotional Joëlle opined.

While underscoring the complex interplay between human and non-human interactions in ecological balance as depicted in the film, Joëlle said that “It’s a tale of hope, sacrifice and transformation. Everything in this films is true”, she asserted.

Lloyd Ross, the South African Director, Music Producer and Cinematographer of the film shared insights into the challenges faced during the film’s prolonged shooting period.

The session was moderated by Sankar Ramakrishnan, Screenwriter, Director, Producer, and Actor known for his work in Malayalam cinema. The discussion provided a thought-provoking examination of the pressing issues in the Anthropocene era and the profound connections between humans and nature.