Down to earth journeyThe award-winning documentary film Down to Earth releases in South Africa, with preview screenings at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

The film premiered at the UN Global Climate Summit and was subsequently released in the Netherlands and UK, clocking up over 200 000 cinema viewers, surpassing the record box office of An Inconvenient Truth in The Netherlands.

Down to Earth follows a family who breaks away from society to find a new perspective on life. Travelling six continents for five years, the parents and their three children (10, 7, 6) go on a journey of discovery to capture the wisdom of the Earth Keep­ers.

They meet indigenous communities who live in harmony with their surroundings, far removed from the technological­ly focused cultures of today. There is no crew, no pro­duction team, just one backpack and camera each.

Down to Earth Earth keepers film
Earth Keepers in the Down to Earth film

Keepers of the Earth

The Down to Earth film offers up a mirror to humanity, making it a poignant and timely reflection on our civilised world. The mov­ie invites one to see the world through the eyes of the Keepers of the Earth. It aims to be a wake-up call and a resurgence of hope for our world to come. As such, it’s the launch of a vision for the future.

The film’s score is written by BAFTA and Oscar winning composer Stephen Warbeck.

Down to Earth screening dates:

Cape Town screenings

17  March 2019 6.15pm (sold out)
24 March 2019 6.15pm
31 March 2019 6.15pm

More than a film

Down to Earth helps us become aware of our own personal relevance and generates people-powered change from the ground up – unlocking the potential of the common people and reiterating that real change starts with us, by adapting our lifestyle and behaviours.

In their five-year journey the family lives with some of the oldest indigenous communities on the planet and they gain access to tribal sages never filmed or interviewed before.

The film hopes to empower people to be better Earth Keepers.


Box Office – € 1.4 Million
Golden Film Award – 100,000 visitors to the (Dutch Film Fund)
Launched at the COP21 UN Global Climate Summit Paris
Winner Jury Award – Illuminate Film Festival
Winner Audience Award – Spirit Film Festival
Official Selection – Nederlands Film Festival
Best Educational Film (the Netherlands) – Jury Prize
Best Educational Film (the Netherlands) – Audience Choice

What: Down to Earth documentary film
Run time: UK/USA,  90 mins