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1.5 Stay Alive Film Review

1.5 Stay Alive: A Captivating Film about Music and Natural Disasters in the Caribbean

Imagine if your entire world was flipped upside-down due to a natural disaster. Your home, flooded. The grocery store down the road, destroyed. Everything you’ve ever owned, ruined. Imagine if a family member was at the top floor of their office building when a hurricane swept away your city, and was killed. In the islands of the Caribbean, this is reality.

The movie 1.5 Stay Alive (science meets music), directed and produced by Lucian Segura focuses on how climate change has damaged the islands of Belize, Costa Rica, Trinidad + Tobago, and Haiti. With expert insights as well as local interviews, this educational movie both informs and entertains the audience with a catchy reggae soundtrack. Featuring local musicians such as Jess Flores, Aurelio Martinez, and The Buccooneers Steel Orchestra, artists express their concerns regarding global warming and the increasing damage deriving from more developed countries through their music.

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“…This film was kind of a new concept which I put together. Before filmmaking, I was a musician. I [put] all my music knowledge into this film and develop a new concept with a lot of music, [providing a] subject closer to the people”, Director Lucian Segura said.  

As well as the powerful music that highlights the problem, climate change experts are featured throughout the film. Ottis Joslyn and Leandra Cho-Ricketts provide scholarly inputs as to how dangerous a temperature increase of just 1.5 degrees Celsius could lead to irreparable destruction to the Caribbean Islands.

1.5 Stay Alive additionally analyzes the destruction occurring in Miami and Louisiana in the United States. Experts explain how these natural disasters are happening due to developments in larger countries, and connect these events to the destruction taking place in the Caribbean.

“One very important thing [to have] is the awareness,” Segura said. “People [need to be] aware of these things…because nowadays there is so much in the media and so much talk [about climate change] that it has become nearly a normal thing. Music is a way of touching [the audience] emotionally and a way of getting them involved and [spreading awareness] that we are in a very critical moment of knowing what is going to happen to our planet and the human species. We have never been so close to destruction.” As Segura explains his tactics used to spread awareness, he further acknowledges the worsening conditions of the environment. 

The film is a clever mix of entertainment and academia. It illustrates the reality of climate change and how the regulation of resources is necessary for saving the lives of millions. Throughout the movie, locals from regions affected by rising seas share their own experiences about how climate change affects them and their family through lyrical and rhythmic beats. This film is the perfect balance of an informative documentary with insights from professionals, local perspectives, and catchy tunes.

“This film is a catalyst for conversation,” Segura says. “That is how I see myself, I make films for that [reason]. I am not a specialist, I don’t specialize in environmental issues, I’m a filmmaker. And this is what I can do to participate in the world.” 

Author Emily Pavis with 1.5 Stay Alive Director Lucian Segura before an exclusive film screening at the Tourist Club in Mill Valley, CA.

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