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We Have To Survive

90 mins   | Tomáš Krupa   |  2025    


A Hailstone, YUZU Productions, Golden Girls Films production, in co-production with Radio and Television Slovakia RTVS, ARTE GEIE, Puls4 


with the participation of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, CNC, MEDIA

International sales:  TASKOVSKI FILMS


Mankind is unlikely to stop climate change, but it can adapt to the new, harder conditions. The full-length documentary WE HAVE TO SURVIVE is colourful collage of human stories from areas that have

been hit by a climate change where the life of people is subject to extremely difficult conditions. Four cases from all cardinal directions. The process of adaptation that protagonists go through is the basis of the film's narrative.


Greenland’s Qaanaaq is among the world’s first casualties in the battle against climate change as sea ice disappears. Jorgen Umaq, a local hunter, has had to change his long-held hunting routes. Some of his fellow hunters have rather decided to follow unexpected opportunities in agriculture. Many people in Louisiana, the USA, are engaged in the ongoing battle against water, but in the case of the inhabited Isle de Jean Charles, it has become clear that the water has won. It has lost far more than 90 percent of its surface area. Father Roch Naquin, a Catholic priest, is trying to convince the divided members of the last 24 families to move to higher ground and rebuilt the community before something terrible happens. In Coober Pedy, South Australia, daytime temperatures reach 55 degrees Celsius. Rod Wells, a former opal miner, lives in "dugout”. Everything, including churches, school, bookstore and hotels are buried in the dirt. Community of local miners led by Rod have been engaged to help transform the desert town into a mostly renewable energy oasis.  Guo Kaiming was not ready to join the climate refugees. Four generations of his family lived by the lake in a thriving community on the edge of the Gobi desert in Mongolia. Residents who live on the edge of the deserts try to limit the spreading of the sand. Along with local governments, they plant trees in effort to block the wind and stabilize the soil. The effects of heat, drought, desertification and flooding are the main environments that we will continue to address in our project. These are the three dominant symptoms of global climate change. 

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