It's time again for the Environment Film Festival, which began six years ago in Melbourne. This year the event has branched out to include festivals in Canberra and Hobart. A not-for-profit organisation, EFFA's vision is to inform, engage, and inspire regarding all issues environmental on this wondrous planet we call home.
This year's event will be hosting a number of screenings at Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne, shown over the week beginning Thursday 3rd September until Thursday 10th September. Screenings will include thought-provoking documentaries and panel discussions surrounding key issues we face in our global climate and the environmental and social impacts that result from a profit driven system. These poignant and inspiring films cover important subjects ranging from the textiles industry to the food industry, biodynamic farming, coal, melting ice, landfill, oil drilling, solar power, and nuclear waste.
Below is a mention of just a few of the screenings taking place over this exciting week of film in Melbourne. All films are showing at Kino Cinemas unless otherwise specified.
This coming Thursday night, 3rd September, is Opening Night with a World Premiere screening of Black Hole, an exposť of the fight to save the Leard State Forest from being cleared to make way for the largest open cut coal mine in Australia. This will be followed by conversations with the filmmaker, Joao Dujon Pereira, finishing the night with the Melbourne Launch Party to kick things off. This event is sold out but there is plenty more going on throughout the week to whet your appetite on all things environmental, so read on.
On Friday 4th September The True Cost will be screened, a fascinating documentary exploring some of the issues existing in the "dirty shadow of the fast fashion industry", taking a close look at the supply chain of clothing that is stocked in our stores, from manufacture to retail, and how this has transformed the fashion industry, not only in structure but also in ethics. "Fast fashion" is a term referring to the practice of outsourcing manufacture to low cost economies, such as Bangladesh, India, and China. Fashion and value, but at what cost? This eye-opening journey highlights the current ways in which we buy clothing and the very real social consequences of this unprecedented increase in clothing consumption. Learn more at www.truecostmovie.com. There will be a panel discussion following this screening. Not to be missed!
Good Things Await is a Danish documentary highlighting one couple's quest to continue running their biodynamic farm according to holistic and traditional farming methods. Their produce is sought after by some of the world's best restaurants, but they face closure by the authorities who see their practice of alternative agriculture as a threat to modern farming. This screening is on Saturday 5th September at 2pm, followed by a discussion and food tasting.
There is a special event, Coral: Rekindling Venus, on at the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood on Saturday 5th September at 7pm, where you can take a remarkable journey into the mysterious world of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures, and unique marine life. With our Great Barrier Reef currently under threat, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the connectedness of humanity with the health of the coral reef and the wider implications this poses for our environment.
Learn about the coral reef in 'Coral: Rekindling Venus'
Also on at 9pm Saturday 5th September at Kino there will be Australian Shorts, a collection of short films by local filmmakers, exploring our beautiful and diverse landscape.
All the Time in the World is a film about a family's experience reconnecting with nature set in the remote Yukon wilderness. This will be shown on Sunday 6th September at 6pm with a special Q&A session with the filmmaker, Suzanne Crocker.
Issues regarding nuclear waste and the creative strategies necessary to deal with this long-term problem will be considered in Containment showing on Monday 7th September at 6.15pm followed by a panel discussion.
A special event of the visual and aural, Sensory Environments, will take place at Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne on Tuesday 8th September.
Solar power is the way of the future, and Bring the Sun Home is a moving story of two illiterate women from a village in El Salvador who go to India to learn how to make solar panels against the odds. These women overcome their fears to become qualified solar engineers and community leaders, demonstrating how possible the impossible can be. Inspirational stuff.
Closing Night on Thursday 10th September will feature Landfill Harmonic, which follows the journey of a Paraguayan children's orchestra living next to one of South America's largest landfills, who play their music from instruments completely made out of garbage. This story highlights the positives that can result from a seemingly hopeless scenario and demonstrates the power of metamorphosis, something we all need to be focusing on at this important time in the evolution of humankind. This Melbourne screening includes special introductory presentations from Ellen Sandell, Victorian Member for Melbourne, and Ben Burge, CEO of Powershop Australia. Following the screening will be a special closing party at Kino Cinemas.
Check the EFFA website for the program, times, dates, venues, and to purchase tickets as there is something on every day and not all films have been covered here. There is also the EFFA Green Circle Festival Pass, an access all areas membership. Many of the films also show bonus short films so there is much to see. Head along, get inspired, educated, active. Our planet needs you!