Aug 162015
 

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Back for its 6th year, and this time expanding from Melbourne to also include to Canberra and Hobart, the Environmental Film Festival uses the power of film, music and debate to unite filmmakers, environmentalists, politicians, scientists, experts, and the broader public in their desire to actively engage in issues that affect all of our futures.

The interesting and thought-provoking programme features a selection of features, shorts, panels, and even a trip to the planetarium.

Some highlights include:

CORAL: REKINDLING VENUS (Melbourne only)
A planetarium is a pretty unique place to watch a film and that’s what you’ll be doing if you attend the session of Australian artist Lynette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus. Visit the mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, and meet bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life. Learn about how our fate is intertwined with the fate of the coral community. This film looks to be both beautiful and a little bit terrifying…how badly are we stuffing up?

HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH (Melbourne only)
Filmed over a several years Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract resources at any cost, the Mayan cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview. The photography in the trailer for this film looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s not a setting or a culture that we see very often on film.

LANDFILL HARMONIC (Melb/Canb/Hobart)
This film won the audience award (24 Beats Per Second) at the 2015 SXSW film Festival. Set in an extremely poor community in Paraguay, the film is about an ingenious music teacher who salvages scraps from the rubbish dumps to help bring music to the children. Filmed over 5 years the film follows the children as they grow in confidence and begin to perform, first on a locally and then internationally. This document sounds like a straight to the gut, heart-swelling sorta of film. What’s a film festival without a least one of those?

 

What: Environmental Film Festival Australia 2015
When: Sept 3-10 (Melb), Sept 11-13 (Canb), Sept 18-21 (Tas), 2015
Where: Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart
Website / Full Program / Tickets: www.effa.org.au

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