“Look up! “: the green march inspired by McKay’s film

In France, the organizers of the climate march invite protesters to “look up”, inspired by the Netflix film nominated for four Oscars.

December 2021. Do not look, Adam McKay’s latest film, hits Netflix on Christmas Eve, drawing a chilling and likely parallelism with current reality and bringing back to the center of public debate some of the decade’s major hot topics, like the unstoppable climate change in Classes. . Raised from the ground. February 2022. After the publication of the second part of the latest IPCC report, the climate emergency is undeniable. Yet political leaders and institutions seem not to notice or even deny its existence, sabotaging any attempt and initiative to cure and contain the effects of global warming. The imminent threat posed by climate change has thus been passed over in silence, also thanks to the health emergency which has in fact overshadowed the recent mobilizations for the climate. This is why in France, in the middle of the election period, more than 163 environmental associations coordinated by United for Climate, Biodiversity, Attac France and Friends of the Earth, have made their voices heard, calling for a new day of protests and demonstrations across the country on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
But McKay’s film not only had the merit of raising questions of primary importance. Indeed, the slogan “Do not look up” which gives its title to the film inspired the organizers of the march for the climate, who invite the demonstrators to “look up”. The protest has so far been confirmed in Paris, Nice, Grenoble and Tours, but it is not certain that it will not spread to other cities in the coming weeks.

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That McKay is adept at capturing, through his cinema, the most urgent processes of contemporary social and political transformation is nothing new. Often breaking the fourth wall, unraveling sequels of hard data and verifiable numbers, grafting his own fictional world with real elements. But this is an even broader phenomenon, which sees two worlds, the real and the fictitious, not only in open dialogue, but also capable of concrete and tangible exchanges and contaminations, which cross the borders of fiction to redefine reality. and breathe new life into political protest (as In war for the yellow vests or the doc of Michael Moore for the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…). The cinema no longer seems to be limited to being a social mirror and a mouthpiece for political authorities, but is proving capable of producing and circulating positions from zero. Faced with this prospect, the possibility that Leonardo DiCaprio will appear at the head of the March 12 protest, no doubt green icon of the Hollywood Olympus.

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