Julia Dahr

Norway, UK , 2017 / 90 min / English OV wtih English subtitles / Documentary


When worlds collide on the frontline of climate change. 

Over the last five years Kisilu, a smallholder farmer in Kenya has used his camera to capture his family life, his village and the impacts of climate change. He has filmed floods, droughts and storms but also human costs. Following a storm that destroys his house, Kisilu starts building a community movement of farmers fighting the impacts of extreme weather and he takes this message of hope all the way to the UN Climate Talks in Paris, COP21.

"It is the greatest injustice of our time and age that those who did nothing to cause climate change are first and hardest hit whilst we who have done most to cause the greenhouse effect are hit last and least”. Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, 2003-2006

The film will be introduced by Nick Nuttall, Director of Communications and Outreach at the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and will be followed by a dialogue with Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, moderated by Dr. Christopher Lilyblad, Clarendon Scholar in International Development, University of Oxford.



Ciné-ONU hosts free, monthly screenings of documentaries which shed light on issues relevant to the work of the UN, and each screening is followed by a debate and a Q&A session with expert speakers. Established in Brussels almost ten years ago by the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe, regular screenings are now held in an increasing number of other European countries. The Luxembourg City Film Festival hosts this event for the third time. 


Mon 26/02 18:30 Ciné Utopia EN OV with EN subt. Public

"Global weather patterns are changing at a rapid rate and leading to increased storms, droughts and floods. This is hitting those that depend on farming as a livelihood hardest. With more than 40% of the world’s population working with agriculture the challenge is huge and many farming families such as Kisilu’s are forced to leave their homes in search of a new beginning. UN refugee agency states that they view ‘climate refugees’ as a growing concern. UNHCR predicts that climate change will force people into increasing poverty and displacement, exacerbating the factors that lead to conflict, rendering both the humanitarian needs and responses in such situations even more complex. Climatologists even say that the Syrian war is a grim preview of what increased drought caused by climate change can lead to. They claim that the civil war was triggered by destroyed crops, killed livestock and the fact that as many as 1.5 million Syrian farmers were displaced. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre 2015 report shows that already more than 19 million people from 100 countries were forced to flee their homes in 2014 because of natural disasters. Agroforestry that Kisilu is practicing is proven to have the potential to change the life of farmers through their own local action as it can improve the soil, stop soil erosion, and add an extra income through the sale of fast-growing trees for firewood and indigenous fruit trees. Tree planting also has the potential of microclimatic improvement as trees can buffer climatic extremes, their roots stabilise soil, their leaves reduce evaporation and cool air - increasing the chance of rain. This highlights the potential of agroforestry to alleviate drought in Africa. However agroforestry needs strong and knowledgeable role models and leaders as the systems comprise a long list of land management skills, including crop diversification, long rotation systems for soil conservation, boundary plantings, perennial crops, hedgerow intercropping, and live fences to name a few techniques”. World Context of the film

“Decades of climate change debate can’t top the sobering sight of Kisilu Musya’s Kenyan farm first scorched by relentless sun and then drowned by flash floods. Determined to save both his home and the planet, he becomes a latter-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the gospel of tree planting far and wide, including a Paris environmental summit. Good intentions take a toll in this astutely human film: Kisilu grapples with setbacks, disillusionment and a wife and brood of children back home who seriously miss him”. Peter Howell, Hot Docs Toronto, 23/04/2017

  • Jury Prize, Another Way Festival, 2017 (Spain)
  • Osiris FAO Prize, Agrofilm, 2017 (Slovakia)
  • Fethi Kayaalp Grand Award, Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, 2017 (Turkey)
  • Jury Award, Alimenterre Film Festival, 2017 (Belgium)
  • Pangolin Power Film Award, Singapore Eco Film Festival, 2017 (Singapore)
  • Best Feature Documentary, Ficmec, 2017 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Kisilu Masya
Julia Dahr, Hugh Hartford
Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Svenn Jakobsen
Chris White
Banyak Films, Differ Media
AUTLOOK Filmsales

Julia Dahr believes filmmakers can change the world. She is a Norwegian director and producer who is passionate about character driven stories that can raise attention about social and environmental issues, challenge stereotypes and create an impact. In 2015 she won the One World Media Award, was nominated for the Grierson Award and was listed by Forbes as one of the top 30 under-30-year-olds that are “driving and defining the world media”.

  • 2017 - Thank You for the Rain (documentary)
  • 2015 - Eye of the Storm (documentary)