"Here to stay" takes an uncompromising look at planet Earth today, in all its beauty but also its horror and contradictions. This film illustrates the intricate relationship and contrasts of the miracles of nature and man's obsession in trying to tame it. It tells of the separation between Mother Earth and her prodigal children.
Featuring environmentalist James Lovelock, philosopher Edgar Morin, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Wangari Maathai, "Here to Stay" is a snap shot of how humankind's state of harmony with the planet has broken down over the last few decades, victim of misplaced faith in the benefits of unlimited consumption.
Urban sprawl, extinct species, depletion of natural ressources and global warming are all causes of deep anxiety. Is a tragedy in the making? What exactly have we already lost? What is left to lose? Can we turn back the tide? What do we really want for ourselves? When? And how?
The film doesn't seek to impose a view; rather it sets the stage for each of us to determine for ourselves where the planet is at; with only one certainty: we are "Here to stay".

  • Olivier BOURGEOIS
    The Oath of Cyriac
  • Olivier BOURGEOIS
    The Oath of Cyriac
  • Pierre BAROUGIER
  • Marc BES
  • Olivier BOURGEOIS
    The Oath of Cyriac
  • Valerie PIAZZA
  • Stephane CORNEC
  • Siham LIZET
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
    Key Cast
  • Wangari Maathai
    Key Cast
  • Edgar Morin
    Key Cast
  • James Lovelock
    Key Cast
  • Ludovic Bource
    The Artist, OSS 117, Here to Stay
  • Nigel GALT
    Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, Here to Stay
  • Mark TAYLOR
    Re-recording mixer / Sound designer
    1917, Monuments Men, Game of Thrones, Snatch
  • Didier Noirot
    Underwater Photography
    Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Oceans
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2009
  • Production Budget:
    3,600,000 EUR
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  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    35 mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Festival Cinemambiente 12th Edition (2009)
    October 4, 2009
    Premio speciale Golder Associates
  • FICMA '09 16th Edition (2009)
    June 4, 2009
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Olivier BOURGEOIS

Olivier started his career as a commercial TV producer for major companies. In 2004 his passion for culture and the environment led him to produce, direct and write the first opus of the documentary trilogy "HERITAGE". The feature documentary "HERE TO STAY" (Original title « Nous Resterons sur Terre ») which takes an uncompromising look at the state of the Earth, was co-produced with the French film studio GAUMONT FILM COMPANY. Starring Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Wangari Maathai, environmentalist James Lovelock and Philosopher Edgar Morin, the film has been released in 25 countries with support from UNESCO and UNEP.
In 2015, Olivier has created and developed an audio-visual archive bringing together an unprecedented number of testimonies from archaeologists, museum curators and guards who have contributed significantly to the protection and rescue of Syrian Heritage since the start of the armed conflict in 2011. During his many stays in Syria, he wrote, directed and produced the second film of the "HERITAGE" trilogy. Based on the unbelievable true story of ordinary people saving the antique collections of the Aleppo Museum during the war,the multi-awards winning docu-drama "THE OATH OF CYRIAC" was completed in september 2021.

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Director Statement

“HERE TO STAY”… Of course. Our future is here. But how?
The question burns everyone's lips. Pollution, disasters and
climate change has suddenly revealed the question of the survival of our planet and with it, that of our species.
Our scientific knowledge and technological mastery have never reached such a peak, but we are about to be overwhelmed by our most basic needs: clean air to breathe, water to drink, earth to eat, a climate stable to live in security. The management of these assets will also be decisive for our survival in the years to come as for our first ancestors, 120,000 years ago.

"HERE TO STAY" does not intend to elucidate the problem
the environment, its mission is not to maintain the hope that all will be well or that disaster is inevitable. It's just show the paradox of a dazzling heritage-Earth and an object-Earth on which a civilization remains convinced that it can build a magic world and imaginary cities. From this astonishing contrast, we try to show the possible bridges between two
universes that still coexist.
We leave the spectator to his emotions and to his own intentions, his judgment of what he considers fair or not. And above what Earth does he want to bequeath to future generations and the explanations he will give to his descendants when they ask the question, "WHY?" »