Michael Becker on Roots

January 31, 8:30am - 10:00am CET. Hosted at Cospire Coworking Space

part of a series on Roots


About the speaker

Michael Becker is a wildlife filmmaker who specializes in underwater and polar documentaries. He’s directed and filmed for today’s biggest films for the BBC, National Geographic, and Netflix.

Originally a climate change scientist, he’s spent the last 10 years working in remote corners of the Arctic and Antarctic and excels at being professionally cold and wet. While he loves all things cold, his particular love is diving in the Antarctic.

Over the last decade Michael has spent up to eight months a year living in tents at the ends of the Earth. These trips are long, remote, with no communication, and usually with people he’s met for the first time at the airport. Despite the wilderness, it’s impossible to be alone as 24 hours a day for months on end is spent with strangers in tough, stressful environments.

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Additional details

Michael’s talk will focus on Roots – how to make a community when you’re never home and building relationships when the people in your life change every few months. He’ll talk about some of his previous work and film shoots, and the silver linings of connecting with strangers in stressful situations.