A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film METAMORPHOSIS takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. METAMORPHOSIS captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis: forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. From the deep ecologic connection that humans share with each other, a radical form of hope emerges, vibrant and alive, like a chrysalis splitting open to reveal some new thing ready to take flight. METAMORPHOSIS cinematically delves into how humanity is being transformed in new ways by the environmental crises we have created.
We first began discussing the concept of METAMORPHOSIS right after Typhoon Haiyan―one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded―struck the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people. We wondered how experiencing a climate event of that magnitude would change a person, a community, a species. During the process of making the film, climate change came closer to our home in North America. Forest fires threatened our families, there was unprecedented drought, and extreme weather events happened with greater frequency in our own backyard. METAMORPHOSIS was conceived around the same time that our child, Phoenix, was conceived. The knowledge that our son would inherit this world in crisis, and the sense that climate change is no longer something in the future but rather is happening right now, intensified our sense of urgency and immediacy. We set out to create a work of cinematic art that is both a reflection of the times and a catalyst for transformation.
Why we selected this film
The magnificent images in this film remind us of the beauty of our world, which must be preserved, inviting us to take action in the face of the devastatingly huge crisis we are going through. Challenging and positive, this documentary offers some potential yet concrete avenues for transformation as well as innovative solutions which generate some sense and resilience.