All Living Things Environmental Film Festival: Here Is All We Know About India’s First Environment Cinema Based Festival
All Living Things Environmental Film Festival – India’s only and first environment cinema based festival is now all set for its 2nd year of events celebrating films that honour the environment. The festival has roped in a great jury including internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Micheal Snyder, 6 time National Award winning filmmaker – Anand Patwardhan and Amin Hajee. Read on to know more about this unique festival.
This year the festival has 44 films from 31 countries being screened – all themed around topics of environment, conservation, climate change and such topics. Also Sophy Vsivaraman, who is the head of the India documentary foundation, has joined the advisory board this year joining the legendary environmental docu filmmaker Mike Pandey.
This year’s edition of ALT EFF also has a new film submission category, a ‘Youth Category’, along with International Feature Films, International Short Films, Indian Feature Films and Indian Short Films. The selections for each of these programs exemplify the tenacity, commitment and hope of the creative community, as the climate emergency looms over us.
Some of the most interesting films this year include the following:
Moti Bagh by Nirmal Chander
Against the forces of migration, Vidyadutt Sharma – farmer, activist and poet, chronicles the changing landscape in verses of resistance. As he and Ram Singh, his Nepali farmhand, plough the fields to keep a dream called Moti Bagh alive, we wonder if it will ever return to its old glory.
Ophir by Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet. France, Papua New Guinea
Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous ‘eco-revolution’ for life, land and culture, leading up to the likely creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
YOUTH v GOV. by Christi Cooper, Olivia Ahnemann
YOUTH v GOV follows 21 young Americans suing the world’s most powerful government, to protect their constitutional rights to a stable climate. If they win, they will change the future.
Sagarputra: Offspring of the Sea by Pooja Das Sarkar
The oldest inhabitants of Mumbai – the Koli fisherfolk from the village of Trombay Koliwada, are gradually moving away from the livelihood of fishing. The reason? The toxic, plastic-filled water of the sea and being locked in by the government’s infrastructure projects, on all sides.
A Viral Spiral by Steve Cutts
World-renowned artist Steve Cutts created an animated film for the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation, in which he not only visualizes the factors that cause pandemics, but also points at the urgent measures we must take, to reduce the risk of future pandemics.
All Living Things Environmental Film Festival is aimed to create awareness through cinema around the environment, climate change and such topics through the conscious efforts of filmmakers of such voice.