Producers Habib Paracha (2nd L) with Artem Shestakov (R) and Kadir S. Gungor during the premier of documentary 'The Perfect Shot: Antarctica' at COP28, Expo City Dubai Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: “The Perfect Shot: Antarctica” — a poignant documentary on the impacts of climate change, showcased at COP28 turns heads.

This significant event aligned with the urgent call to action by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Perfect Shot: Antarctica, produced by Canwell Media and directed by Quinn Halleck, follows the journey of famous Ukrainian nature photographer Artem Shestakov. It transcends traditional filmmaking, winning over 22 international awards, including Best Documentary, Best Environmental Film, and Best Nature Film.

This global recognition underscores the film’s impact in raising awareness about the environmental crisis and aligns with UN Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres’ call to action. Its screening in the Blue Zone, amid crucial global discussions, uniquely positions it to influence and inspire world leaders and policymakers.

Seven part documentary

Habib Paracha, film producer from Pakistan, told Gulf News in Dubai that seven part documentary series has been planned following the successful release of the film at the COP28. “The first season of this series will consist of seven episodes, each dedicated to one of the seven continents.

"We want to show the impact of climate change on the environment and ecology, along with the loss of habitat for animals, imminent mass migration of humans and changes to agriculture and food security,” he added.

Producers Habib Paracha (L) with Artem Shestakov at the UNFCC Blue Zone of COP28 at Expo City Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied

He said that the seven countries for the film are yet to be finalised in consultation with the UN. “For sure, Pakistan will be one of them as it’s personally very important to us given the devastating floods last year and the lack of climate resilient infrastructure,” he added.

Film's journey

The film’s journey to this prestigious platform has been bolstered by support from producer Habib Paracha and executive producers such as Melissa Ganzi and David Runyon whose contributions have been vital in bringing this crucial environmental message to the global stage.

Managed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Blue Zone is the nerve Centre of the COP 28 conference. Accessible exclusively to accredited delegates, this area hosts the formal negotiations, the World Climate Action Summit, and a host of other high-impact events including country pavilions, presidency events, and cultural activities.

The inclusion of “The Perfect Shot: Antarctica” in this vital zone underscores the film’s importance in the global climate narrative. This moment is made even more special thanks to Sustainable Impact Capital & Holding, whose steadfast support has been instrumental in bringing this project to COP28.

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Climate action

“Our goal is to convey the urgent need for climate action. We aim to highlight the beauty and fragility of Antarctica while emphasising that the consequences of climate change affect us all, no matter where we live,” noted Paracha.

António Guterres’ Clarion Call Echoed in “The Perfect Shot: Antarctica” Secretary-General Guterres’ recent observations and warnings about Antarctica’s ice loss and the broader climate crisis set a critical backdrop for the film’s screening.

He earlier stated, “In Antarctica, I saw for myself and also heard directly from scientists about how ice loss is accelerating in dangerous ways. Climate change is wreaking havoc and fossil fuels are the main culprit. At COP28, leaders must act to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, protect people from climate chaos and end the fossil fuel age.”

This message resonates deeply with the documentary’s portrayal of the Antarctic landscape and the urgent environmental issues it faces.