Joaquin Phoenix is on a roll lately. Although he has always received praise for his performances, the last year has surely been a blessed one for him. He recently won an Oscar for the Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character in Joker. Now, he has added yet another title to the decorated list of “Joaquin Phoenix Movies”. In his new film, he is seen tackling… Climate Change.
Guardians of Life – Joaquin Phoenix’s new Venture!
The film we are referring to is titled “Guardians of Life”. It revolves around Phoenix’s character, a medic struggling to save a collapsing Earth. Extinction Rebellion (a group of environmental activists) and Amazon Watch roped in the Oscar-winning actor to bring this project to life.
Guardians of Life is not your typical feature. Basically, it is a short film that takes place inside an emergency room in Los Angeles. The story is centered on a patient whose condition reflects the catastrophic effects of climate change, deforestation, and the Australia wildfires.
The Film’s Importance with respect to the ongoing Climate Crisis
Head of the Association of Indigenous Peoples, Sonia Guajajara touted the film as a very important project. Moreover, she said,
“It (Guardians of Life) demonstrates the artists’ engagement in Amazon protection by showing the key role indigenous peoples play in defending the forests, the planet, and life itself.”
Shaun Monson helmed the project and Mobilize Earth (a US environmental and nonprofit corporation) played a crucial role in producing it. This Joaquin Phoenix-starrer run-time is just 2 minutes and its main goal is to raise money for Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion.
So, you can watch this movie and donate for the noble cause it revolves around on amazonwatch.org. While it may not be one of the standard Joaquin Phoenix movies, it carries a great message. Moreover, who doesn’t like to see the Joker saving Earth?