Cinema against climate change at a roundtable discussion

The Festival screens two documentaries that reflect the devastating effects of climate change on the planet and organizes a debate on how cinema can raise awareness of the problem

10/26/2017.- The Valladolid International Film Week (Seminci) is going to celebrate the Cinema and Climate Change Day tomorrow October 27th, the day before the close of the festival, with a debate on how cinema can contribute to raising awareness on the seriousness of the problem, and showing two documentaries about the devastating effects of climate change, both set in Africa. Seminci’s commitment to the environment, which in recent years has manifested as a day dedicated to raising awareness about and preventing climate change, remains in full force in 2017.

In 2015 the Seminci, on its 60th anniversary, decided to dedicate one of the days of the festival to analyze how cinema can help to raise awareness among citizens (especially the youth) about climate change, one of the biggest threats for human beings. With this motive the Day of Cinema and Climate Change was scheduled into the festival’s program, usually the day before the closing night.

This had already been successfully carried out in 2015 and 2016 by film festivals in Berlin, Guadalajara (Mexico), Cannes and Venice, with the collaboration of CONNECT4CLIMATE, an international foundation funded by the German and Italian environmental ministries, the World Bank, and 230 international social and academic organizations and other communication media from around the world.

The day consists of a first part where experts in film and climate change debate how cinema (documentary or fiction) has addressed and addresses environmental issues, especially climate change, how cinema can and should focus on the subject in the future, in a more real and profound way, and how it can contribute to raising awareness in society and especially among young people about the seriousness of this problem. The second part is the screening of two documentaries on the subject, which are considered suitable for the occasion.

The Valladolid Film Week addresses this issue that is so important for our future through a debate with experts in the field, moderated by María Sánchez, Councilor for the Environment of the Valladolid City Council, in which Ivan Trujillo, biologist and director of the cinema of Guadalajara (Mexico); the former president of Greenpeace Spain and a member of the Federal Executive Council of EQUO (the Spanish political green party) Juantxo López de Uralde; and Álvaro Longoria, producer and director who focuses on environmental and human rights issues in his documentaries, participated.

‘Thank You For The Rain’, by Julia Dahr

The documentaries selected are Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas (Sweden/Germany/Finland/Ethiopia), by Swedish director Joakim Demmer, which investigates land grabbing in Ethiopia and its impact on people’s lives, and Thank You for The Rain (Norway) in which director Julia Dahr shows the effects of climate change on Kenya’s families, villages and farms through the struggle of Kisilu Musya, a farmer who takes his cause to Oslo and the COP21 meeting in Paris. Both offer perspectives of the status of agriculture in a continent as in need as Africa. In one case, the focus is the eviction of small Ethiopian landlords decreed by the country’s government. In the other, the dramatic situation in Kenya, where all kinds of natural disasters devastate the way of life of the farmers of the territory.

At the end of the debate, attendees can participate in the event with questions and comments.

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