The Malian musician Inna Modja takes ud on an epic journey along Africa’s “Great Green Wall” – an ambitious vision to grow a 8,000km ‘wall’ of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight back against the land degradation and runaway climate change, that brings increasing conflict and mass migration with it.
Traversing Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Ethiopia, Modja follows the burgeoning Great Green Wall through Africa’s Sahel region — one of the most vulnerable places on earth (temperatures are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average) — laying bare theacute consequences of severe land degradation and accelerating climate change the Wall aims to counteract: increasingdesertification, drought, resource scarcity, radicalization, conflict and migration.
With almost half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people under the age of 15 — a population set to more than double by 2050 —and over 80% surviving on some form of agriculture, upwards of 60 million people are expected to make a massive exodus.Although the film does the groundwork for a climate change cautionary tale, The Great Green Wall provides a refreshing story ofresilience, optimism and collection action. If completed, the Wall will be the largest living structure on earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef — a new world wonder.As Modja passionately pursues an African Dream for a generation seeking to control their own destiny, she reminds us of theenormity of the task ahead and that time is not on our side. The resulting journey of hope, hardship and perseverance reveals ourshared human condition, reflecting a deeper moral and existential question we all must confront: “Will we take action beforeit’s too late?”