The Linnaeus Expedition is a documentary film to commemorate the tercentenary of the birth of the world-renowned natural scientist, the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linné).
The film is a journey of discovery to seven continents, into space, down into the depths of the oceans and into the future. At the centre are crucial questions: How should we behave and act today in order to survive tomorrow and how can science and research contribute to a better world?
Inspired by Linnaeus curiosity and the thrill of discovery, the expedition meets some of the world’s leading researchers and experts, who try to give answers to these questions.
The main characters are the expedition’s three young would-be researchers, all in their twenties but with widely different backgrounds. They not only observe and investigate but also question what they discover with a critical mind. During the course of their journey they transform. Deeply influenced by their impressions and experiences, they are not the same people at the end of the expedition as they were at the beginning.
The leader of the expedition is the world-famous nature photographer Mattias Klum. Like Linnaeus, he is almost obsessed by the desire to document nature and how everything is connected. The film is produced by international award winning Swedish journalist and filmmaker Folke Rydén.
The aim of the documentary is to motivate and inspire new generations. We must realise that how we act and behave today is of crucial importance for tomorrow; that our future depends on our doing what Linnaeus did – observe, be curious and safeguard the environment.
The desire to discover and explore lives within each and every one of us. It is this desire and joy that Expedition Linnaeus aims to bring out and spread among us.
See for yourself! Think for yourself!