The highly-acclaimed, award-winning film Tomorrow is coming to the Haslemere Hall on Wednesday, November 1. The film tells the optimistic and inspirational story of two French parents and film-makers who go on a global mission to find and document creative solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, from sustainable food and energy production to modes of economics, education and government.

Through heart-warming stories from across continents, the film-makers Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent show it is possible for local communities in every corner of the world to change the way they live for the benefit of people and planet.

I first saw the film in April when it was shown by Fernhurst Films and felt so moved by it that I stood up afterwards and shared how I wanted to connect with others to do more locally. 

And I set out on a mission to bring the film to more people. Following a chance conversation a few weeks later with Midhurst-based Michele Facer, we arranged for a screening of Tomorrow in Midhurst in August. 

Now I’m bringing it to Haslemere in November, with the support of Transition Haslemere.

Although I sometimes still feel overwhelmed by the scale of the challenges facing the world, I feel less helpless and powerless and re-energised having connected with others through the film who also care and want to do their bit to make a difference and change things for the better.

As well as organising to screen the Tomorrow, I’ve joined a community allotment through Transition Haslemere, I’m trying to buy more from local retailers and food producers, I’m trying to use the car less and cycle, walk or use public transport more, and I’m making more effort again to re-use, recycle and reduce waste. 

These are all small actions, but I truly believe that collectively we can achieve real and lasting changes within agriculture, education, energy and the economy, just like the individuals and communities in the film have done.

You can watch the trailer and book seats on the Haslemere Hall website

Tickets are £5 and £2.50 for concessions. The doors open at 7pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. There will be an interval for refreshments and discussion. 

Those who wish to share their reflections on the film, find out about local projects and connect with other like-minded people, are invited to the monthly Transition Haslemere ‘green drinks’ the following evening, Thursday, November 2, at The Mill pub in Shottermill, from 7.30pm.

By Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones is a long-standing resident of Camelsdale, West Sussex. She’s passionate about doing her bit to improve the world, whether that’s through her day job as the wellbeing mentor at Bohunt Sixth Form in Liphook, volunteering with six to eight year-olds in her role as Beaver Scout leader at 1st Camelsdale Scouts, or bringing life-changing films to local communities.