Part 4 : Politically correct ?
12 months expedition, 18 000 nautical miles, 21 legs, 9 seas, 9 countries, to call attention to the necessity for international initiatives in favour of the environment.
Most aspects of this change are alarming, yet we have met everywhere an enormous individual, and incresingly collective, will to protect our environment. From the Inuits to the Kuna Indians, from Silicone Valley to New York, from Vancouver to Miami - everywhere and all along the 40,000 kilometers of our journey, we have witnessed various initiatives whose purpose is to find solutions.
On the occasion of the revival of la Victorine, the only survivor amidst a few dozen film studios in Nice on the French Riviera, the time has come to have a closer look at its past: an adventurous and dramatic story. During the German occupation, Marcel Carné shot his “Children of Paradise” here – a masterpiece that was to become the symbol of the Liberation! In the Fifties, Alfred Hitchcock had Grace Kelly and Cary Grant star in “To catch a Thief”, and Gérard Philipe started his international career with “Fanfan la Tulipe”.
This film tells the story of redressing a problem. People in Europe have been straightening rivers for hundreds of years, drying floodplains and destroying the landscape near rivers.
This has resulted in a drastic decline in the variety of species near and in rivers. But there is hope on the horizon from an unexpected source: of all things, as a result of human intervention, which played a part in destroying the natural surroundings: gravel pits.
Distant adventures, long-term travels, Damien loves them. But he does not think it necessary to cross 36 meridians for the thrill of exploration and discovery to be at the "rendez-vous". In 2012, he initiated a series of small-scale local adventures, in the french mountains.