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climate

crisis

november

16 - 22

10 shorts

10 features

10 special events

ANOTE'S ARK

climate (in)justice

climate (in)justice

POEM BY Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
& Aka Niviâna

DIR. dan lin
YEAR. 2018
RUN-TIME. 6M

RISE

FROM ONE ISLAND TO ANOTHER

Two indigenous islanders from Greenland and the Marshall Islands connect across oceans and cultures to create together an awe-inspiring poem of resistance. Poetic, powerful, provocative.

PANEL DISCUSSION

COUNTRIES ON THE FRONTLINE

The West is responsible for innumerable historical injustices against the Global South, now culminating in the onset of climate fallout. Reckoning with these facts, what are the economic, legal and social tools we can use to correct a history of exploitation?

“If you want to know what climate change is likely to mean for real people, then watch Anote's Ark.”

— EYE for film

DIR. MATTHIEU RYTZ
YEAR. 2018
COUNTRY. CANADA
RUN-TIME. 1H 17M

ANOTE’S ARK

What if your country was swallowed by the sea?

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea level rise.

Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s Ark follows Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, racing to find a way to protect Kiribati’s people and 4,000 years of their culture.

A GORGEOUSLY SHOT AND DEEPLY MOVING STORY OF HUMAn resilience

HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD
(AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN't CHANGE)

FEAR AND HOPE

FEAR AND HOPE

DIR. Alexandra Lerman
YEAR. 2020
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 7M

TREE TIME

Inspired by how tree rings reveal the narrative of nature (and human eco-interference) through time, this experimental short sets the mood for a more introspective reckoning with the personal side of the ecological crisis.

GUEST TALK

CLIMATE ANXIETY VS POSITIVE RESILIENCE

Learning about climate change can be overwhelming — it’s no wonder that climate anxiety is becoming widespread. How can we channel these negative emotions to empower and connect us?

“An energetic & positive story about actions real people can take to engage in this important issue.”

— Salt Lake Tribune

DIR. JOSH FOX
YEAR. 2016
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 2H 07M

HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD

(and love all the things climate can’t change)

Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) comes to the disheartening realisation that it may be too late to stop the consequences of climate change — “I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch a few cat videos right now,” he admits 40 minutes into the film.

Then, he suddenly shifts tone. “I need to find the people who found this place of despair, and have gotten back up.” Fox embarks on a journey across 12 countries to meet the citizen-activists that can answer the question: what is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

a quirky, genuine and relatable story of how we process climate change at the personal level

ANTHROPOCENE:
THE HUMAN EPOCH

CULTURAL AWAKENING

CULTURAL AWAKENING

DIR. Diane Tuft
YEAR. 2020
RUN-TIME. 4M

Coastal Requiem

Weaving together haikus, stunning photography, and deeply personal interviews, Coastal Requiem is poetic, beautiful and thoughtful in its reflection on the displacement caused by rising sea levels.

PANEL DISCUSSION

ART for change: the power of visual culture

The visual arts have long been a catalyst for change — nothing can shock, move and trigger a change of conscience faster than a powerful image. But how does the way we represent climate change through art shape our narratives and action?

Astonishment. Pure, lurid, ravishing, genuine astonishment. That is Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.”

— NONFICS

DIR. Jennifer Baichwal
YEAR. 2018
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 1H 27M

Anthropocene:

the human epoch

This stunningly photographed documentary from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky is an unforgettable cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet.

Narrated by Alicia Vikander, Anthropocene offers a sobering overview of the horrific ecological scarring brought about by industrial-scale extractivism.

It’ll leave you filled with awe and horror in equal measure, in a way very few films can.

MAJESTIC. HAUNTING. EYE-OPENING.
—AN UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCE.

THE FORUM

POLLUTED POLITICS

POLLUTED POLITICS

DIR. Danila Volkov
YEAR. 2020
RUN-TIME. 3M

DRY TEARS OF THE ARAL

A visually arresting snapshot of the damage of land misuse and water diversion in Central Asia, leading to the Aral Sea drying up and leaving a desert behind. A great conversation opener about political mismanagement and inaction.

PANEL DISCUSSION

from paris to glasgow: the fight is on

2021 will be a defining year for the climate — the outcome of the COP26 conference of nations in November will set the scene of international action for the decade to come. What can the climate movement do to keep the pressure on in the next 12 months?

“What makes this film so strong is that it shakes us in our black-and-white thinking.”

—  ARD

DIR. MARCUS VETTER
YEAR. 2020
COUNTRY. germany
RUN-TIME. 1H 55M

The Forum

Every year, leading figures from international politics, business and academia gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Marcus Vetter was the first filmmaker to be granted behind-the-scenes access.

The film closely follows the event in both 2018 and 2019, giving a fascinating insight into the evolution of global politics in recent years.

In 2018, the status quo is alive and well with guests such as Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron. But when 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up in 2019, a question is brought to the fore: What is dialogue without action?

An INTRIGUING DEEP DIVE INTO THE dealings of the elite

SYSTEM ERROR

SYSTEMS IN CRISIS

SYSTEMS IN CRISIS

DIR. Mark Decena
YEAR. 2014
RUN-TIME. 8M

How We Live

A Journey Towards a Just Transition

Our current economic model is based on extraction from the planet and from the many for the benefit of the very few. What would a more sustainable economy look like, and how can we rethink our relationship to resources, work and culture?

IGNITE SESSION

10 IDEAS TO HIJACK THE SYSTEM

Fast-paced, forward-looking and inspiring — 10 changemakers have just 6 minutes each to put forward their ideas to change the system from within and tilt it in the favour of our ecosystems and climate, empowering people along the way.

“In challenging the paradigm of growth, the film is the perfect prism through which to see the apocalyptic period we have entered.”

— counter punch

DIR. Florian Opitz
YEAR. 2018
COUNTRY. GERMANY
RUN-TIME. 1H 35M

system error

Many people in positions of power believe continual and exponential growth to be immutable as gravity. But can we pursue growth forever?

Speaking to economists, industrialists, hedge fund managers, agribusiness farmers, engineers, and more, System Error dives into the machine of perpetual growth and asks us: has the system become disconnected from reality? and are we losing our control of it in the never-ending pursuit of profit?

With an inquisitive structure and sleek cinematography, System Error is a masterful demonstration of the complex nature of our world and systems we have created.

eye-opening, enlightening
— AND DEEPLY DIsconcerting

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

DIR. Julia Curry
YEAR. 2020
RUN-TIME. 9M

Melting Point

Melting Point paints an emotionally honest portrait of a young woman’s experience with eco-anxiety and the hope she rediscovers when she joins a collective climate action movement.

MASTERCLASS

ACTIVISM TOOLKIT

Historically, non-violent protests involving just 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change. Sounds promising, right? But there’s a particular recipe for success that can elude many movements — find out what it is that could get us to that magic number.

“When you look at the theories of non-violent protest, particularly the 198 non-violent weapons,those are the absolute lifeblood of Extinction Rebellion.”

— XR spokesperson

DIR. Ruaridh Arrow
YEAR. 2011
COUNTRY. UK
RUN-TIME. 1H 20M

How to Start
a Revolution

This BAFTA-winning documentary profiles the ideas and impact of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp — the world’s leading expert on non-violent system change.

Sharp’s book From Dictatorship to Democracy, listing 198 “weapons” of direct action, has become the standard manual for rebel groups around the world.

By showing the sheer force of non-violent people power, this film can inspire future movements to develop effective strategies for non-violent system change in the face of apparently overwhelming odds.

FASCINATING AND EMPOWERING, PROVIDING PRACTICAL INSIGHT INTO THE TECHNIQUES OF MASS MOBILISATION

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

GRASSROOTS IN ACTION

GRASSROOTS IN ACTION

DIR. Alec Walsh
YEAR. 2020
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 7M

Fight for the Bight

Fight for the Bight illustrates the inspiring story of a community coming together to protect their home on the south coast of Australia. This short film reminds us of the power of grassroots resistance against the institutional structures perpetuating climate change.

PANEL DISCUSSION

SYSTEM CHANGE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

Why do world leaders find it so hard to come together in taking necessary climate action, in the face of such overwhelming evidence? Political and economic power structures shape their decisions and tackling these systemic root causes could solve a lot more than climate change.

“Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce, and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times. Her work has changed the terms of the debate. I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today.”

— Arundhati Roy, author of
Capitalism: A Ghost Story

DIR. Avi Lewis
NARRATOR. Naomi Klein
YEAR. 2015
COUNTRY. USA / CANADA
RUN-TIME. 1H 30M

This Changes Everything

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

This Changes Everything shows how a movement of grassroots activists are beginning to turn the tide against the power of the extractive industries — in fact they’re starting to win. The global solidarity of the grassroots is the bedrock of climate action, proving that people can still topple power.

Based on Naomi Klein’s movement-defining book, the film builds to a provocative idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform the failed system of consumer capitalism into something radically better.

a rallying cry to speak truth to power

2040

REIMAGINING THE FUTURE

REIMAGINING THE FUTURE

DIR. Lev Voloshin
YEAR. 2020
COUNTRY. MOLDOVA
RUN-TIME. 1M

The Flat

This delightful animated short asks the audience to reflect on the question: where does all our waste go? Through following the journey of trash, The Flat prompts us to rethink the blind notion that once our waste leaves our house it is no longer our problem.

ART SESSION

DRAWING YOUR FUTURE

Think of the country, city or neighbourhood you live in and how we could make it a more awesome place — what does your vision look like? In this creative session, learn how to get excited about the solutions and visualise what the post-climate crisis world could look like.

“None of the ideas explored here are
pies in the sky. Whether technological or systems-based solutions, they all exist now and could be massively expanded to huge global benefit.”

— Limelight

DIR. damon gameau
YEAR. 2019
COUNTRY. AUSTRALIA
RUN-TIME. 1H 32M
RATING. PG

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

2040

Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to discover what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

2040 is one of the most innovative, impactful and heartwarming calls to get to work to bring this vision of the future to life.

READY TO GET EXCITED ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES?

THE NEED TO GROW

HARMONIOUS AGRICULTURE

HARMONIOUS AGRICULTURE

DIR. Reed Rickert
YEAR. 2020
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 7M

Pacha Kuti

The Golden Path

An atmospheric portrayal of the Machiguenga people of the Amazon – who believe that, instead of extracting food and resources, we should be in a relationship of mutual exchange with nature.

MASTERCLASS

GROW YOUR URBAN FOOD GARDEN

That overgrown garden out your window could be producing food, creating a more biodiverse city and bring you increased mental well-being — something many have either rediscovered or sorely missed this year. Find out how to turn your slice of city into a rich ecosystem.

“Perhaps the best film on sustainability I have ever seen. A film all decision-makers, from city to private, should have to see.”

— American Documentary Film Festival

DIR. Rob Herring & Ryan Wirick
YEAR. 2019
COUNTRY. USA
RUN-TIME. 1H 36M
RATING. PG

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

the need to grow

Our world is interconnected, and more often than not, addressing one problem goes a long way to solving another. The Need to Grow shows the astonishing potential of healthy soil as a climate solution — and that being part of the solution yourself is more easy and rewarding than you might think.

Follow a young girl, a regenerative urban farmer and an inventor whilst they solve our food system crisis and work towards saving the planet at the same time. This film highlights our need for an agricultural revolution, and the amazing people and methods already leading the way.

a joyful and sensorially rich love letter to the interconnectedness of life

JUST EAT IT:
A FOOD WASTE STORY

ZERO WASTE LIVING

ZERO WASTE LIVING

DIR. Matt Hopkins
YEAR. 2019
COUNTRY. UK
RUN-TIME. 10M

A Failure of the Imagination

A beautifully crafted short telling a story of disruptive creativity: the story of Silo, a restaurant serving an award-winning menu using a zero-waste food system designed from scratch. Testament to the power of thinking outside the box.

MASTERCLASS

START YOUR ZERO WASTE JOURNEY

Becoming zero waste certainly seems like a daunting task. But it might not be as hard as you think — in fact, there is already so much to take advantage of, and a step in the right direction is better than nothing at all. Find out how to get started on your journey to sustainable living.

“Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer turn themselves into test subjects in this hugely entertaining study of America's culture of excess.”

— variety

DIR. Grant Baldwin
YEAR. 2015
COUNTRY. CANADA, UK, USA
RUN-TIME. 1H 15M
RATING. PG

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

just eat it

Follow Grant and Jenny as they expose the insanity of our tendency to throw away good food.

Massively entertaining, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story follows the duo as they dive into the issue of waste from farm to retail and all the way to the back of their own fridge.

Having witnessed the madness, they decide to spend months dumpster-diving behind stores and homes to eat only what they find. The results are shocking and will leave you hungry for change.

a Funny & shocking exposé on the wastefulness of modern life

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