The Weather War
The Weather War is a documentary about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes. In a blend of land art performance and road movie, artist duo Bigert & Bergström travel to the US tornado belt with the Tornado Diverter, their special machine sculpture.
Their goal: to stop a tornado! Along the way, we see historical examples of how the science of meteorology developed in symbiosis with military goals and how these visions evolved into modern ideas of geo-engineering: controversial ideas with socio-political consequences, spotlighting the big question of who is really entitled to modified weather.
In a larger perspective, we see the problems faced worldwide due to global climate change. How do we behave to meet those challenges? Do we adapt? Or do we wage war on increasingly aggressive weather that threatens to destroy us?
Bangladesh is building protective walls against coming floods. China shoots rockets into threatening clouds. And in Italy, anti-hail cannons are fired to protect the year’s wine harvest.