Today I watched the movie Project: Antarctica – The Journey of our Lifetime in the Odeon-Cinema in Mannheim. The movie is completely different from what I had expected, and probably just because of that I liked it so much: It’s about three Germans, Tim, Dennis and Michael, who take the spontaneous decision to travel to Antarctica and create a movie about it. Of course, for me as a travel, nature and photography enthusiast, this was very interesting at first. I imagined that the film would offer spectacular scenery and wildlife pictures. And when I saw the trailer, I was also worried that it might be one of those self-staging projects that I often find on Instagram and Facebook (I feel like we’re ready to do everything for a little more attention and fame).
The magic of travelling
But the film is neither a nature documentary, nor a rousing self-propaganda. It’s about how much you should fight for your goals, even if everyone else think you are crazy. It’s about how to deal with obstacles in life. And above all, it is also about how incredibly often we are so focused on our plans and have so specific expectations of how the things should be, that the real life passes by and we don’t even notice. Only when the three Antarctic adventurers acknowledge that they are not getting the expected footage for their film (due to many difficulties and adverse weather conditions), they begin to perceive the true magic of travelling … A very inspiring film! And yes, some spectacular footage was also included, even if it’s not this glossy National-Geographic-Style material.
After the film, the three main actors (Tim, Dennis and Michael) came to the cinema and we still had the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.
Unfortunately, the film also gave me another reason to be ashamed of my native country, Argentina (there are many reasons yet). Because the biggest obstacle of the whole Project: Antarctica, was not the threatening nature, the extreme cold, seasickness, the finances, … no, the biggest obstacle was the Argentine customs. Every scientist, researcher and tourist from all over the world knows: Never travel to Antarctica via Argentina, because you will only have problems with the bureaucracy. Travel via Chile!