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dateOctober 6, 2022 timeThursday, 2:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Columbia Climate School
  • University Institute for Ideas and Imagination
  • Columbia Global Centers | Paris
  • Alliance Program
  • European Institute
  • Knapp Family Foundation
  • Maison Française
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Bella Lack, Vipulan Puvaneswaran, and another person standing in front of several caged rabbits

Virtual screening: Animal (2021) by Cyril Dion

Film in French with English Subtitles

In connection with this virtual screening, we will present an online discussion and Q&A with Director Cyril Dion, Leah Aronowsky, and Jérémy Désir, moderated by Shanny Peer, on Thursday, October 6, 2:00-3:00 PM

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RSVP HERE for the virtual discussion with director Cyril Dion on October 6

The place of humankind among the living is the main subject of this film. At the instigation of Cyril Dion, who has already shared his vision in the highly acclaimed 2015 film Tomorrow (Demain), two teenager activists (Bella Lack and Vipulan Puvaneswaran) embark on an extraordinary quest to understand the impact of the ecological crisis and sixth mass extinction of the earth’s living species, and to find better ways for humans to cohabit more harmoniously alongside other animals. To do so, they travel and meet with scientists and activists all over the globe.

To watch the trailer, please click here


Cyril Dion is a French writer, film director, poet, and activist. In 2007, he created the NGO Colibris with Pierre Rabhi and other few friends, which he managed until 2013. In 2012, he also co-founded the magazine Kaizen, to report on how to change the world step by step. He met Mélanie Laurent in 2011 and they produced the video Tous Candidats together for the NGO Colibris. Their shared desire to help the planet gave birth to the amazing documentary Tomorrow, which was an unexpected triumph and offers hopeful and clever solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Leah Aronowsky is a historian working at the intersection of the history of science and environmental history. She is currently a fellow in the Society of Fellows and received a PhD in history of science from Harvard University. Her current book project is a history of climate science and climate politics, primarily in the twentieth-century United States.

Jérémy Désir, 28 years old, is an engineer specializing in data science and quantitative finance, with degrees from Ecole des Mines, Imperial College London, and Sorbonne-Polytechnique. In 2019, he publicly resigned from an algorithmic trading position at HSBC's London headquarters to warn about the sham of green finance. He has since published “Faire sauter la banque” (“Blowing up the Bank”), and co-founded the association “Vous N’êtes Pas Seuls” (“You Are Not Alone”) to support other desertions. He is now starting a Creole garden (Caribbean permaculture) in Martinique, where his father was born.


Shanny Peer is the Director of the Columbia Maison Française and holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from NYU. She is a co-curator of the Being in the World film festival.

This screening is part of Being in the World: People and the Planet in French and Francophone Cinema, a film festival curated and presented by Columbia Maison Française, with additional support provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Columbia Climate School, Knapp Family Foundation, Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund, Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alliance Program, and European Institute.