2020 GLOBAL SCREENING

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Our Gorongosa

 

Directed by James Byrne (MZ), 60 min.

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife restoration stories. After a decade of renewed protection, Gorongosa’s large mammal population has increased 10-fold to over 100,000 animals. But the Park must also find a way to co-exist with the 200,000 people living in surrounding communities.

 

Dominique Gonçalves, a young African elephant ecologist shares the inspiring story of how Gorongosa is becoming a new model for wildlife conservation and community development. By bringing large-scale, long-term health care, agriculture support, and girls’ education to surrounding communities, Gorongosa is redefining the identity and purpose of this national park. (Trailer)

How a Song

Saved a Species

 

Directed by Rémi Cans (FRN), 2 min.

In the 1960’s, commercial whale hunting caused the whale population to fall by an estimated 90% from what it used to be in the 19th century. In 1967 biologist Roger Payne and his team discovered that whales are intelligent animals who communicate through intricate songs and play a crucial role in maintaining the ocean health. This landmark discovery contributed to a global movement which ultimately lead to a moratorium on industrial whaling.

America's Shopping Addiction

 

Directed by Jackie Lay, 7 min.

Consumerism in the U.S. has reached an all-time high. In 2017, we spent $240 billion on goods such as jewelry, watches, luggage, books, and phones—twice as much as in 2002, even though our population grew by only 13 percent during that time. This is not to mention the 81 pounds of clothes and textiles that each American throws away annually, or the 26 million tons of plastics we collectively dispose of each year.

This partially animated video describes why shopping is so addictive and emphasizes the urgency in finding an encompassing solution to the problem of wasteful consumerism.

A Message

from the Future

of Paradise

 

Directed by Allen Myers (USA), 7 min

On November 8th, 2018 a massive wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, California in a single day. The fire jumped from canyon to canyon incinerating 19,000 structures, displacing nearly 50,000 people and ultimately taking 86 lives. A Message from the Future of Paradise uses an artist’s rendering to depict what’s possible for the town of Paradise, and what’s possible for the larger Paradise-our planet. This film takes place 50 years in the future and looks back on the road to recovery and the creation of a true Paradise.

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Stekenjokk

and the Guardian

of the Eggs 

 

Directed by Per Bifrost, Alexander Rynéus (SWD), 29 min.

Every year during June, police officer Mimmi and nature guard Håkan patrol Sweden's windiest place, the valley of Stekenjokk. Eggs thieves’ ravages the area where rare bird eggs are laid during the breeding season. Thousands of eggs have been stolen over the years and sold to collectors, threatening the extinction of several species. But this year, spring never seems to arrive at Stekenjokk and the birds have their toughest year so far. A film about this remarkable place, the characters who guard the eggs.. (Trailer)

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Where Life Begins

 

Directed by Katie Schuler (USA), 10 min.

This film is a powerful reminder of how closely environmental issues are linked to human needs.  Along the Arctic Coast, at the northernmost point on American soil, the film explores the intimate relationship between the people there and the caribou, along with the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth and the importance of protecting the place "Where Life Begins". Trailer

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