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Good Planets Are Hard To Find, Interview

An Interview with Uga Lisa Carlini, producer/director of “Good Planets are Hard to Find”
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An Interview with Uga Lisa Carlini, producer/director of “Good Planets are Hard to Find”

Humankind is not unique. He is merely a creature of the cosmos who is still immature to comprehend the profound truth of his origin- his galactic origin.- Elizabeth Klarer, Beyond the Light Barrier.

 Good Planets Are Hard to Find (poster design by Adele Kendall)

Elizabeth Klarer was a South African born metereologist whose fame came from the environmental predictions in the fifties and her autobiography Beyond the Light Barrier, where she shared her scientific knowledge given from an advanced human race from the Alpha Centauri star system.

As a young child and a teenager in the 1920s, Elizabeth was unique for her jargon, using the terms “clean energy”, “global warming”, “recycling”, “preventing pollution”, “flying saucers”, and many others lesser known to humanity at the time. The Zulu tribe predicted that one day Elizabeth will meet the “Sky Gods”, which is how she met the love of her life, Akon from the planet Meton. Her incredibly honest story was published in 1979 and it is very popular to this day. In 1975, Elizabeth addressed her book in front of the top twenty-two scientists, as well as her paper “The Nature of Gravity”.  During the time of her research, mystery vanishings and visits made by her lover, Elizabeth was a meta for government visits, top millitary personel, and frequent news headlines. She stood behind her story with its strong environmental message until she died in February 1994, at the age of 83. She believed that her work was here, to educate, witness and share the implementable solutions she had experienced firsthand and to speak out for the defence of nature.

There are many lovers of this mystical story, and one of them is a South African producer/director Uga Liza Carlini, who decided that her fate is to make a film about Elizabeth Klarer’s life. With extensive international film experience, both in front and behind the cameras, filmmaker Uga Carlini, President of Towerkop Creations, specializes in female driven heroine stories. Her feature documentary film, GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND, is greatly anticipated. The promo won the PUMA CATALYST Audience Award at the October SUSTAIN OUR AFRICA 2012 film festival; was one of 500 shorts chosen out of 7000 international entries for the biggest global shorts competition InterFilm 2011 Berlin in Germany, sold out at the 2012 Cape Winelands Film Festival and was a featured short film on US based SNAG FILMS. The fiction feature version based on the international cult status non fiction book, BEYOND THE LIGHT BARRIER, will follow.

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Recently she was voted Women of the Month of March for the prestigious Extraordinary Women of South Africa; Carlini and Towerkop CreaBons became the first South African Filmmaker and Company to be sworn in as a member of the South African / American Business Chamber; she became the first filmmaker to be offered a slate distribution deal with Indigenous Distribution and in July 2012 she was voted a member of the International Academy of Television Arts &  Sciences (International EMMYS).

How did you come across the book “Beyond the Light Barrier” and how did it become one of your serious goals to make “Good Planets Are Hard to Find” and “The Incredible Lightness of Beings”?

My only encounter was coming across Elizabeth Klarer’s story at the age of eight by a well-known South African journalist, Petrovna Metlerkamp (also in the Good Planets documentary). I got hold of it, and my mom had to give me the “8 year old” version. After that, mom went out and bought Elizabeth’s book, “Beyond the light Barrier” and it stayed with me since then. I promised myself I’d be the one to tell her story. Many years later and here we are. I also optioned the fiction rights, which will follow the script, is currently in early development.

Did you believe in UFOs before?

I have never seen one or had any UFO-related encounters. That being said, I find it arrogant to think that we are the only species or civilization in this wonderful, gigantic galaxy of ours.

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The previous title you had for the film was “The Incredible Lightness of Beings”. Why did you change it?

“The Incredible Lightness of Beings” was the original working title of the film in the very early days. We only had a few hours worth of footage and wanted to use it to develop the project further. Later, as more and more unfold through research etc, I discovered that those close to Elizabeth all mentioned how her favourite mantra was, “Good Planets are Hard to Find”. It’s the perfect title. Since the first few hours of footage we have shot 3/4 of the doc already in locations as far as Tuscany and Chernobyl not to mention all the picturesque South African locations.

What is/was the most challenging part about producing it?

Despite the incredible support from audiences and public so far, convincing financiers to give a first time filmmaker, despite awards and accolades the money to make a Sci-Fi environmental documentary about a prophet who got her information from her lover, from an advanced human race….

How did the themes and messages have changed your perception of life?

It has affirmed that which I feel so strongly about to use a quote of mine that I feel summarizes it best:

The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other. ♥

What’s interesting, in your home there is a picture of Akon’s portrait. Why?

Elizabeth’s earth son David Klarer, (the son she had with her second “earth husband”), gave it to me as a gift with the original box brownie that Elizabeth took the world’s first  recognized UFO photos with. That’s pretty special if you ask me… I’m just honoured he gave it to me.

Have you encountered anyone else with the same, or a similar experience like Elizabeth?

There are many who claim similarities, but all use the word “abduction”. One of the many elements of Elizabeth’s story that stand out for me is the fact that this was a love story, transcending light barriers and planets. She went willingly. She was never abducted according to her.

How much has our perception on Earth changed since Elizabeth’s time?

For one, we have become more aware of the environmental destruction, implications etc. with the evolution of film, “science-fiction” has very much become a buzzword and an audience favourite. Avatar being one of the best examples and ironically very closely related to not only Elizabeth’s story but Elizabeth’s message as well. Pandora like Meton, was also supposedly set in the Alpha Centauri constellation… people are a lot more open to other possibilities and realm, some people anyway 🙂

When do you expect to show the films, and where would your distribution channels be?

We are in negotiations with various funders for the last bit of money so we can finish the project. Please join our Facebook page Good Planets Are Hard to Find – the movie or twitter @TheGoodPlanet and be the first to know.

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How would you respond to the sceptics?

The sceptics are in my film too. There’s lots of representation for them. But sceptics and believers alike, will not foresee the ending and what incredible revelation Credo Mutwa gives us about Elizabeth Klarer. It will be food for thought no matter what conclusion you would like to  draw about the validity of Elizabeth’s claims.

I know that this is totally unrelated to our theme, but how do you celebrate Christmas/New Year in South Africa? 

Christmas time is in the middle of summer in South Africa. So, our Christmas day is suavely spent around barbecues with the pool or the ocean. Family and friends, pets, part of family of course, we all just get together, eat till we drop, open presents, flop in a pool or any water we can get and try to love each other unconditionally for one day at least! I loveeeee that time of the year.  No matter what one’s religion or beliefs around this time, its the end of a long year, time for new beginnings and another chance to prepare to try and get it right! My Christmas wish for all the readers is that they join my Facebook page, love the film (I’m making it for them after all) and most importantly, to strive to be the change that they’d like to see.

Set stills by Mickey Wiswedel. Good Planets are Hard to Find poster design by Adele Kendall.


Marija Makeska is a writer, poet, filmmaker and a visual artist living in Detroit, USA. She enjoys spending her time with people from different cultures while working on various projects with pagan, or gothic themes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

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