This film was made by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Luc Besson and financed by PPR, a French multinational holding company specializing in retail shops and luxury brands. The HOME of the title is our fragile home here on Earth, which we share with so many different life forms, and shows how we are all linked together in a delicate balance which has grown up organically over the billions of years that constitute the history of our planet.
The visuals in the film consist mainly of aerial photography, which was taken in over 50 countries around the world over an 18-month span. It gives a bird’s eye view of the planet which helps to situate not only the inter-connectedness of all living beings, but also our own position in its evolution.
The film was released in 2009 in what appears to have been the largest film release in history, being shown simultaneously in 181 countries and released in 18 different languages. But even more important it was also shown on Television and released on youtube at the same time, with the intention of making it freely available to all. This in itself, given the importance of its subject matter, is a milestone in documentary history.