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From The Bullfrog Films Collection
A Quest for Meaning

A film by Nathanaël Coste and Marc de la Ménardière

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When Nathanaël goes to visit Marc in New York, it has been 10 years since they’ve last seen each other and their lives are totally different: Nathanaël has just finished an environmental film in India, and Marc exports bottled water for a global corporation.

But one day, a small accident brings Marc's “American dream” to a halt. Stuck in bed, he decides to watch a bunch of documentary films on globalization that Nathanaël had left behind. From that moment on, his conscience will not leave him alone. Marc goes to join Nathanaël in India where they begin their improvised, epic journey to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about change. The two friends invite us to share their quest as they meet with activists, biologists, philosophers, and custodians of ancient traditions. Equipped with nothing more than a tiny camera and a microphone, they document some of the solutions that are laying the foundations for a sustainable world. This life-changing journey restores confidence in our ability to bring about change both within ourselves and in society.

A QUEST FOR MEANING is full of moments of doubt, moments of joy, and incredible testimonials from inspiring thinkers including Vandana Shiva, Trinh Xuan Thuan, Satish Kumar, Pierre Rabhi, Hervé Kempf, Bruce Lipton and Cassandra Vieten.

“A breath of fresh air and optimism that recharges the spirit and soothes the soul.” Ecoloinfo

“There is no guilt, no preaching, no alarmism. It's a work of maturity.” Mediapart

“This exuberant film documents a journey undertaken by two young people who hope to map a path away from consumptive individualism and towards creative, joyous, life-affirming community. I can't wait to show this 'map' to inquisitive students searching for course change and for wise advice on how to create a future that is plausible, desirable, and achievable!” Joni Adamson, Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Best Documentary, Brasilia International Film Festival 
Best Feature, Colorado Environmental Film Festival 
Palme d'Or, Deauville Green Awards, France
Best of Festival, Curieux Voyageurs Film Festival, Saint-Étienne, France 
Best Film, EcoCup Green Documentary Film Festival, Russia
Best Documentary, Ischia Film Festival, Italy
Gold Kahuna Winner, Honolulu Film Festival 
Award of Excellence, International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion, Visionary, Indonesia
Award of Excellence, Jakarta International Film Festival for Environment, Health, Culture 
Best Feature, Terra Environmental Film Festival, Guadeloupe 
Gold Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 
Award of Excellence, Impact Docs Awards 
Best Documentary, Ramdam Film Festival, Tournai, Belgium 
Best Documentary, Festival du film vert à Rolle, Switzerland
Honorable Mention, Tassie Eco Film Fest, Tasmania
Audience Award, Festival Atmosphères, France
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Greenpeace Film Festival
Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany
Kansas International Film Festival
Swedish International Film Festival
British Documentary Film Festival
Awareness Film Festival
Sustainable Living Film Festival, Turkey
Mexico International Film Festival
Sierra Nevada Film Festival

87 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2015

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
The Bullfrog Films Collection, Environment, Ethics, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Sustainability

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