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BIGGER THAN US

A generation is rising to repair the world, live stronger. A film project (and more) by Flore Vasseur, writer and director

  • Filming debrief in Paris on December 12 !

    Dear supporters, 

    This it ! The filming of BIGGER THAN US is finished and December 12 will be the LAST debrief in public of our adventures.

    Brace yourselves for a night full of emotions because, 12/12:

    => We will be talking about our wonderful and yet very hard filming in Uganda with the amazing Winnie fighting for food security and self-sufficiency in the most impoverished refugee and local communities in Uganda. 

    Winnie embodies authenticity, common sense and altruism. Humanity at its best. She knows, like no ones, what survival means. In her country, every refugee is given a small parcel of land. But what does it mean when it is damaged by years of green revolution and climate change? Every day, she teaches hundreds of families how to regenerate soils, grow their crops and thus secure their access to food and send their children to school (first priority once food needs are addressed). By teaching them food self-sufficiency, she creates a way out of one of the worst poverty traps. What if Winnie's teachings was key for everyone of us ? How are we going to feed 10 billion people? Why do women play a key role in this? What is our relation to the earth, to soil? How did we lose it? At what cost? What is, once again, the story we were told?


    => On 12.12, we will also celebrate the end of our shoot and you are invited !! Come meet most of the team and discuss with us the next steps of our common adventure. Since 6 months indeed, a small community met and has already given us a lot. Many of you have offered their help. The film is being created. Soon it will need to be promoted, screened, debated, used in schools and universities. Do you want to be part of this story? To become our first ambassadors after having been the first faithful supporters?

     

    Join us on Thursday December 12th at 7pm at the Ground Control in Paris, 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 or write us anyway to share your ideas.

    As always, this event is free and open to all (thanks to you dear crowdfunders). 

    Just secure your seat here: [email protected]

     

    See you soon !

    Flore and all the BIGGER THAN US team

  • Filming debrief in Paris on November 14th !

    Dear supporters, 

    A few weeks ago, the filming crew was in Brazil with Rene Silva, who created at 11 years old a community media by and for the inhabitants of his community, Complexo do Alemão. For now 14 years with his crew, they tell the stories from the inside, they inform about what mass media does not look at : the violence and marginalization yes, but also the daily life, the joy and sorrow. It’s about journalism of very proximity, maybe its future, as it tells the day to day of these marginalized neighborhoods where populations are controlled by isolation and ignorance, but which are primarily places of vibrant life and resilience.
     

    Rene and his crew are resisting. In joy and simplicity. Pens and cameras are their weapons.
     

    ‘’Brazil is at war, but one that is not declared’’.
     

    With him, we talked about state violences, freedom of speech, marginalization of favelas, criminalization of activism, the Amazon on fire
     

    On Thursday November 14th, we will tell everything about what we understood there.

    Meet us at 7pm at the CRI in Paris, 8 bis Rue Charles V, 75004. 
    Thank you for registering here : [email protected]

    PS : Save the date : our very last filming debrief about her meeting of Winnie in Uganda will be on december 12 at Le Tank (Paris 11).
    PS2 : If you contributed to our crowdfunding campaign and select this goodies, come to our event to pick up your Mountain Mamas bag ! 

  • Come and meet our leading BIGGER THAN US character Melati Wijsen on Oct 16th in Paris

    To you, our most faithful supporters, who have followed us since the beginning of our BIGGER THAN US adventure: join us and MELATI WIJSEN in Paris for an exceptional filming debrief.

    It’s been six months already that we are touring the world. Melati is the first witness, the teller of our discoveries. At 18-years old, she has been fighting for the past six years to ban plastic bags in her island Bali. She thought she had seen it all: societies’ indifference, systems’ resistance, never ending legal battle, ambiguous political promises… But we’ve taken her to many new frontlines !

    On October 16th, she will share her version of our BIGGER THAN US story in the making. Seeing it through her eyes will be precious for everyone, and especially for us, who have embarked on this adventure with her. Melati is not only a bearing witness, she is an ambassador of her generation. Her maturity and energy will leave no one indifferent. She will share her experience, dreams, doubts and encounters. As well as the contradictions we are all struggling with.

    Join us at 7:30pm at the CRI in Paris, 8 bis Rue Charles V, 75004.

    As always, this event is free and open to all (thanks to you dear crowdfunders). Just secure your seat here: [email protected]

  • REMINDER : Lesvos filming debriefing on Thursday at Le Tank !

    Dear supporters,

    We feel so blessed to experience fully our BIGGER THAN US filming. Here is a short video of one of our latest filming debrief (pardon our french).

    Our next debriefing is on September 5th about the incredible action and spirit of Mary Finn. You are invited ! Meet us at 7pm at Le Tank, 22 bis rue des Taillandiers, 75011. Make sure you drop us an email do reserve your seat at [email protected]

    Best regards, 

    The BIGGER THAN US crew

  • Invitation to our next filming debrief in Paris on September 5th

    Dear contributors,

    We are in the middle of summer and also of our journey. Half of the filming ready to be played with in the editing suite. Half of our characters are still to be met !


    We took some time out this summer, to catch our breath and realize how extraordinary this BIGGER THAN US filming was. How lucky we were. And the responsibility that comes with it.

    We are now heading for Greece and then Brazil, two countries in the verge of collapse, two paradises about to be lost. War on migrants, minorities, solidarity. War on freedom of speech and of course, on nature, the common thread… These are the realities that our next characters, Mary and Rene, have decided to confront. They will be our guides. They are everyday heroes. Magical individuals. Hope.

    Come to our next filming debrief in Paris on September 5th so we will tell it all. Our event will be at 22 bis rue des Taillandiers, Paris 11th arrondissement, at LE TANK. Make sure you drop us an email do reserve your seat at [email protected] This is free and open to all, thanks to your support.

    Have a wonderful summer and see you in september,

    Flore and the BIGGER THAN US team.