1.5 – STAY ALIVE

A Film by Lucian Segura

The Making Of…

The wisdom, patience and humor of the protagonists in 1.5 – STAY ALIVE is infectious. Who brought their voices to a global audience?

It all began when a trio of bearded and bell-bottomed friends hopped a banana boat from Germany to Belize in 1978. What they found in the Caribbean inspired each of the three to take up work in pursuit of global justice.

Thirty years later, as climate change negotiations in Copenhagen fell short of the world‘s expectations, inspiration began to dry up everywhere. Resignation was gaining the upper hand.

“We have all the facts,” said environmental policy expert Reinhold Pape, whose actions later spawned 1.5 – STAY ALIVE. “Why aren‘t we moving forward on climate change?”

Filmmaker Lucian Segura with Roy Cayetano and Aurelio Martinez during the shooting.

Filmmaker Lucian Segura (right) with Roy Cayetano (left) and Aurelio Martinez during the shooting.

Resisting disillusionment, he contacted his old banana boat companions, musician and filmmaker Lucian Segura and Tilman Altenburg of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklung (DIE), and the film did not take long to surface thereafter. In spite of the film’s shoestring budget, a host of spectacular musicians and climate experts got on board to bring the world an urgent message.