Time to question

The major participatory survey that takes the pulse of society on climate, democratic and social issues.


TIME TO QUESTION is an ARTE  co-production (ARTE France, ARTE Deutschland, ARTE GEIE), NHK World, Upian, Yami 2, On est prêt, Basis Berlin. With the support of the Agence de la transition écologique (ADEME) and the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).

This international initiative began with a participatory online survey and continued for six months through a series of web-based events. It concludes in November 2020 with exceptional programming on ARTE’s antennas and on other channels in Europe and around the world. Documentaries made by young French and German documentary filmmakers under 35 years old will cover the entire field covered by the questionnaire.

A major sociological survey

Should we stop eating animals?

Should there be a green dictatorship?

Is being green a rich person’s thing?

Has the coronavirus epidemic brought more division or more solidarity?

Are the Covid-19 crisis and the ecological crisis two sides of the same problem?

The survey was created with the sociologists of the collective “Quantité Critique”, a collective specialized in the analysis of current social movements. Consisting of 133 questions, this international survey is available in Europe and Asia and accessible in 8 languages.

Five themes are addressed: a look at the past and heritage; the vision of the world as it is today; which paths towards which transitions; projection into a future world; current behaviors versus values.

Both the participation and the answers to the questionnaire are anonymous and the results, accessible in real time to the respondents, are the subject of a major sociological study that will deliver its results in late fall 2020.

A transmedia project

The questionnaire is enriched by videos of YouTube creators, web or influencers, French and German.

The greenhouse effect by Florence Porcel

Were our ancestors green? by Parlons Y-stoire

Does nature have rights? by 911 Avocat

 3 experiments on brain changes by Fabien Olicard

Is the human being an animal like any other? by Castor Mother

An exceptional programming on ARTE

The results of the survey are presented in the series of short programs Time to question, 5 animated films of 8 minutes each, available on social networks and broadcast on ARTE. Combining playful computer graphics, archive footage and interviews with respondents, they explore the Germans’ and French people’s perception of ecology, but also their expectations and indignation.

5 documentaries of original creation occupy the ARTE antennas during 4 special evenings:

À nous d’agir (90′, directed by Aline Abboud and Susanne Erler) introduces all the programs: between France, Germany and Poland, how does the mobilization of a new generation around climate, racism and gender issues impact European societies?

Alors. Heureux·se·s ? (75′, directed by Marine Guizy) is an intimate journey to meet those who, between the ages of 20 and 35, are looking for ways to build their future in a world deemed to be in ruins.

With Nos amours – Unsere Lieben (75′), the Franco-German duo formed by Chloé Bruhat and Sascha Quade takes us on a tour of Europe to discover how young people are reinventing the codes of love.

Histoire bruyante de la jeunesse (1949-2020) (2×52′, directed by Aurélien Guégan and Marie Durrieu) offers a lively historical plunge, all in archives, into the cultural movements carried by youth since the post-war period.

Désobéissant·e·s ! (82′, directed by Adèle Flaux and Alizée Chiappini) recreates a year of mobilization for the climate by youth, immersed in the headquarters of the Paris activists, with their friends from Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom and Ende Gelände in Germany.

A program supported by

In France, many media outlets are associated with the project: Radio France, the daily newspapers Le Parisien and Les Échos, the magazines Marie-Claire, Society and We Demain, as well as Phosphore for high school students.

This project has also been designed to enable NGOs to lead the debate in local life. Parents of students from the FCPE to the WWF, from the Fage and Unef student unions to the 18 networks of the French Youth Forum, from the Scouts de France to the 150 networks grouped together in the Coalition Jeune, from the actors of the climate marches to the collectives of neighborhood associations, all will use the Time to question questionnaire as a radically new tool for awareness, debate and public expression.