Sunset and Films on the Rooftop...

Come join us on June 7th!

Cinema Verde is excited to partner with UF FIBER and i-Rec to present a few Cinema Verde films along with others on sustainability and disaster planning. We hope you’ll join us as we reprise some of our 2019 film selections!

Join us for Sunset and Films at the Holiday Inn Rooftop on June 7th at 8 PM. Please get your tickets in advance as seats are limited. There will be free popcorn and tickets include two complimentary drink tickets, courtesy of i-Rec!

The i-Rec conference series contributes to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster-impacted populations through interdisciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders. More about i-Rec

Holiday Inn Address: 1250 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601


Nature Award: Confluir (United States, 40 min). Directed by Henry Worobec. In Peru, the headwaters of the Amazon River cut through the Andes Mountains and help sustain resident communities as well as the most diverse ecosystem on Earth. As the energy demands of Peru increase, the currently free-flowing Marañón River faces over 20 proposed dam projects, two of which have already been approved. Our international team of scientists and river experts spent 28 days rafting the Marañón while documenting the natural and cultural resources that would be eminently impacted by proposed dam projects.

 Health Award: Facing Navassa
(USA, 10 min) Milo Kim, Student, A documentary short that examines the dark history of environmental injustice around a creosote plant in southeastern North Carolina

Big Booom (Russian Federation, 4 min).  Directed by Marat Narimanov. Animated.  The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action, and tragedy.

RURAL SOLUTIONS - Fish Marketing Societies in India (Good Practices TV, IFAD - the International Fund for Agricultural Development, 3 mins)

Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Without access to financial services, rural people can find themselves forever in debt to loan sharks. In this Indian fishing community,
the solution to this is collective power. This film shows marginalization and development of root causes of 'everyday risk' that can develop into 'disaster risk' when the next extreme event occurs if not addressed.

EAGER Kids in Swaziland (African Center for Disaster Studies at the North-West University, 7 mins)

Though the EAGER Media component 11 short films were produced. This one focuses on the EAGER Kids in Swaziland. These are their perspectives about the environment they live in every day. The EAGER Project aims to decrease the livelihood challenges that youth experience in pre and post-disaster situations by helping them to critically engage with their environment, and to use photography as a tool, giving them a chance to participate by having a platform to speak up and be heard. It is EAGER’s hope that through developing the every-day capacity of youth in Southern Africa the impact of events that could lead to disasters will be mitigated. And if youth can better understand their
environment they will develop
their capacity to deal with
his and reduce their vulnerability.

Deviate - official trailer
(Joseph von Meding, 3 minutes)

Deviate tells the stories of marginalized people around the world that are most affected by disasters. It will investigate and explain, through stories, the underlying causes of perpetual cycles of vulnerability that keep people trapped in a status quo characterized by chronic risk. In the midst of these symptoms of structural injustice, the film will identify individuals, communities, and movements that choose to
reject the status quo; to deviate
from a destructive trajectory. The film is currently still in production with a release date anticipated in 2020.

Climate Award: Sustainable Living with Patrick Lang (United States, 5 min). Directed by Paige De Ponte and Sacha Riviere. A day in the life of Patrick Lang living a sustainable life in Malibu… filmed before his home and community were consumed by fire in the fall of 2018.

Dignity at a Monumental Scale (United States, 8 min). Directed by Kelly Whalen. When images of everyday Navajo life began appearing at a monumental scale on abandoned buildings, roadside stands and water towers across the Four Corners region, it was a surprise for many in the community to discover it was the work of Chip Thomas aka “Jetsonorama," a long-time resident known by many as a healer of another kind. By day, Thomas is a primary care physician on the Navajo Nation, where he’s lived for 30 years. In his free time, Thomas installs massive photo murals depicting his neighbors, from sheepherders to grandmothers, and celebrating the beauty of a people whose land has been mined and poisoned, cut up and sold off. Blowing up and wheat-pasting his black and white photos onto the sides of merchants’ stands, abandoned buildings, and mobile homes, Thomas creates work that allows community members to see themselves represented at monumental scales; while his installations off the reservation help disseminate their struggles -- and their resilience -- to the world at large.

The Journey: From Disaster to Preparedness (Good Practices TV, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
(ICIMOD), 3 mins)
Join six women from Udayapur as
they visit the epicenter of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, learning from the experience of women there and sharing
how they prepare their own families and communities for disaster. Women in remote areas may be seen as constantly in disaster risk creation marginalization processes - here are some empowerment & capacity building & general preparedness approaches to help them.

Preparedness in the disaster-prone Philippines: Scaling up resilience in governance 
(Good Practices TV, EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations, 7 mins)

This video is part of a series from the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) project, which highlights some of the best inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (ICBDRR) practices in some of the most vulnerable areas in the Philippines.
This story responds to the lack of participation in governance and argues that it is in itself a way forward in counteracting disaster risk creation.

Rising Seas - The Endangered Islands of Panama (Mikey Adams, 5 mins)

This is Gardi Sugdub, a tiny island belonging to the
indigenous Guna Yala people of Panama. The island is packed
with homes right to the edge of the water. But soon it won’t be so crowded. Some 300 families are migrating to the mainland. Why? Because of the impact of climate change. Every year the sea level rises, even if it’s just a few millimeters, it erodes valuable living space. One method the locals use to fend off the rising sea is by making barriers out of coral dug up from the sea. It’s more of a bandage than a solution and is not at all healthy for the local marine ecosystem. What I found there, like everywhere, was a community split between those who didn’t think much about climate change and believe anyway that it's all just part of God's plan and others who think something has to be done because the island is too overcrowded and they are running out space due to the rising sea. Locals told me stories of islands that have already disappeared. Storms have also gotten more intense, testing the resilience of the island communities. This has prompted the move to the mainland. My question now is how will this affect their community and culture as they leave their island life behind? 

*i-Rec conference participants please note: film admission is included with your conference registration.*  These film tickets are available to the public. 

Please purchase in advance as seats are limited. 

Congratulations to Our 2019 Award Winners!

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Click Here to See the Cinema Verde 2019 Program

Thank you to all the sponsors, the14 filmmakers who came to discuss their films, and all the people who came to see the films: You all made the 10th Annual Cinema Verde a great success!


In 2019, Cinema Verde reached its 10th year of making sustainability education more accessible to the public through film and arts and working to make the world a place where we want to live.


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