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Back to Earth (Retour sur Terre)

LSE Arts/London International Documentary Festival screening

The international premiere of Pierre Lacourt's 2011 film, Back to Earth (Retour sur Terre) presented in association with the Swiss Embassy, London.

Oil is our daily energy staple. Or is it a drug our society has been flying high on for over a century? And isn't it time we started getting ready to detox ?

Pierre Lacourt sets up temporary home in a petrol station and engages Alain, the petrol attendant, in his search for answers. Together they turn that symbolic microcosm - where money meets energy - into a stage where they re-evaluate their own beliefs and carry out experiments to illustrate the extent of our addiction and dependence. For good measure, they call in energy and environment experts to take stock and predict the different paths - some optimistic, some less so - we may have to go down in the future.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film's director Pierre Lacourt and others to be confirmed.

The LIDF is the UK’s largest documentary festival. Running each year for over a week, it takes place at many venues across London and offers an unprecedented snapshot of the contemporary world as seen through the preoccupations of documentary filmmakers. Alongside established names like Martin Scorsese and Steve Soderberg, the festival also presents the best emerging talent from around the globe.

The films are always both pretext and context for discussion. Always entertaining, moving, and provocative. The LIDF adopts a questioning, critical attitude to the cultural, social and political issues of the day, engaging with filmmakers, their subjects, academics, cultural commentators, and our audience to create a highly distinct public forum for dialogue and interaction.

The LIDF 2012 runs from 24th May to 2nd June at various venues.


Pierre Lacourt | talks


Date and Time:

28 May 2012 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the online ticket request form which will be live on this listing after 10pm on Tuesday 15 May until at least 12noon on Wednesday 16 May. If at 12noon we have received more requests than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received. If we have received fewer requests than tickets available, the ticket line will stay open until all tickets have been allocated.

LSE students and staff are also able to collect one ticket per person from the New Academic Building SU shop, located on the Kingsway side of the building from 10.00am on Wednesday 16 May. These tickets are available on a first come, first come basis.

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