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Ethical Films That Inspire And Enlighten
It might seem a bit dramatic to say it but I err little from the truth… the Transitions Film Festival have selected a suite of inspirational, life changing enlightening and inspirational documentaries for you to enjoy.
Presented at the Cinema Nova for the fifth time, this year's program includes a broad range of controversial and empowering topics such as global tax avoidance, climate change, the importance of growing your own food, the architecture of happiness and pathways out of poverty.
The Transitions Film Festival proves that we don't need revolutionary inventions or technologies to create a better world. If we ask good questions and have vision in the right way, we can create remarkable change.
The program kicks off with pre-festival outdoor screenings at City Square in Federation Square in partnership with Pause Fest, before the opening night screening of Catching The Sun at Cinema Nova on the 18th of February.
This year's Transitions Film Festival is placing a strong emphasis on ideas and impact, says festival director Daniel Simons. 'As well as sharing powerful stories of change, we will be promoting empowering educational resources, and encouraging widespread sharing of good ideas via our digital community.'
If this isn't already crystal clear, these are no ordinary films. Buckle up and peruse the program because you're in for one hell of a ride.
Film Review – 'Plant this Movie'
I had the privilege of reviewing 'Plant this Movie' and although I may not have picked it, I was riveted from the start.
The film opens with images of opulent, well-trimmed front gardens typical of your neighbourhood. I must admit that I was admiring those lush gardens that demonstrate privilege and an unhealthy obsession with social status and wealth. My admiration was punctuated by a question that has never previously crossed my lips but, so obvious in retrospect.
The question of the day: When land and food are both in short supply why are we wasting so much of both when we can't even eat it?
'Plant this Movie' is a fascinating historical perspective of the impact of suburbia and increased technology. It includes anecdotes from experts and people who recall people's involvement in planting, food production and access to homegrown fresh food.
Without spoiling the movie, the film examines the cultural and systemic overtreatment of lawns. This is fascinating historic investigation of upward mobility from the 1950s that has had vast and unpredictable impacts on every day life and every person on this planet.
It's an interesting fact that less than half a century ago families had to be self-sustaining. It's a disgrace to think now Americans throwaway enough food to feed a whole African nation.
Some people have started to be more acutely aware that cheap convenient food has had many consequences on the health of the general public. This has renewed interest in food production around the world. It's a bit of a crazy mind trip that you are considered poor if you grow your own food.
The film 'Plant this Movie' uses startling statistics to raise possibilities about the future of food production and human development. For example, it's claim that if we converted just 10% of American lawns into food production this would mean acres of food and would represent 50% of what is currently produced on farms. In addition it would yield $10 billion a year, which is more than the education department budget in the U.S.!
This film is founded on viability issues that can no longer be ignored. With dramatically increasing population and a reduction in fossil fuel, growing your own food is essential. The obvious question is: Why do we need to wait for a disaster to implement action?
The film is simply named 'Plant this Movie', but the complexity of the issues is far reaching. It includes cartoons, history documentation and footage, statistics, snippets from TED talks and get speakers designed to provoke ideas generation and stimulate action.
Even if you are not normally interested in the focus of this film, I dare you not to become intellectually and emotionally engaged in considering the consequences of our modern family lifestyle. So over to you for your part in environmental, social and economic or change.
For a sneak preview of some if the other films I have listed my five picks from the many films. It was a hard task, so click here to peruse the full program
Catching the Sun
Thursday, February 18 @ 7:00 pm
Highlights the power of a green energy revolution to solve the environmental, social and economic problems.
Two Raging Grannies
Friday, February 19 @ 8:45 pm
This is a comical road movie following two gutsy old ladies on their mobility scooters as they embark on a quest to seek answers to the burning question: How do we get out of our economic mess?
Saturday, February 20 @ 12:30 pm
A troupe of courageous, cheeky, 80 year old plus senior citizens are on a quest to perform at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, proving to the world that you're never too old to break-dance.
The Price We Pay
Friday, February 26 @ 8:30 pm
This film spotlights 'immoral, but not illegal global tax loopholes' and the implications that they will have on the global economy.
The Infinite Happiness
Tuesday, March 1 @ 6:30 pm
This is a must see film for those interested in Grand Designs. Be staggered by one of the most creative and innovative apartment complexes to be built this decade.
The Transitions Film Festival is a dynamic, thought provoking alternative film festival designed to kick-start or maintains moral consciousness. With over twenty remarkable films that emphasis discovery, purpose, innovation, impact, creativity and technological innovation the Transitions Film Festival films have the power to transform. It raises essential questions sure to impact on our moral compasses.
Even if you are not into documentaries, this is a must give it a go film festival. But wait, there's more;
Free Film tickets
Thanks to Transitions Film Festival you can win a free double pass to one of these great foodie films.
For your chance to win tickets to Plant this Movie use the code: PTMWEN
To win tickets to 10 Billion, What's on Your Plate? use code : 10BWEN