Cinema Verde 2017 Environmental Film Festival

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Featured Presentations

100 Short Stories
68
Minutes
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Directed By
Neil Livingston
Canada

100 Short Stories is a collage ranging from the serious to the humorous. This original and engaging documentary tackles opinions regarding governance, public policy, and questions what are sound ideas socially, environmentally and culturally in today’s society. It’s about predatory Capitalism, renewable energy, stopping the frakers, and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada. Created by Neal Livingston, a well-known Nova Scotian documentary filmmaker and artist – as well as renewable energy practitioner, developer and policy advocate – who calls the film partly autobiographical.

A Bridge Between Two Worlds
51
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Pascal Gelinas
Canada

A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, wage a battle to defeat their poverty and to enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This remarkable human chain has been initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the last 15 years. This quest for autonomy is punctuated by hard work, children smiles and ancestor worship. By sheer strength, it traces a road between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is being questioned

Atlan
62
Minutes
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Directed By
Moeen Karimoddini
Iran

Ali is a Turkman horse trainer. Horses are his life. Ilhan is the name of the horse that has won him so many prizes. Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses’ awards money to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favorably in a course. Ilhan gets in an unexpected condition and Ali needs to fight for Ilhan’s championship. In Turkmen language, Atlan means “mount a horse and depart”. Horse is the most important element in the life of Iranian Turkmen. That’s why courses are some of the most significant social events in their land, Turkmen Sahara. Turkmen Sahara is a region in north eastern Iran and is the homeland to Iranian Turkmen. Ali is a Turkman with his life, like many of his peers’, intertwined with courses. Now his wedding depends on his success in courses

Call of the Forest - The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
85
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Jeff McKay
Canada

Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s journey explores our profound biological and spiritual connection to trees. From Japan to California and Ireland to Germany, to Vancouver Island and across to the great Boreal Forest, Diana meets people who are taking the lead to replant, restore and protect the last of these great ancient species forests. As the journey progresses the film explores the science, folklore, and history of this essential, and often overlooked, eco-system. Beresford-Kroeger reminds us that when we improve our profound human connection to woodlands we can, not only, restore our health - we can restore our planet.

Canada’s National Parks: Banff and the Rocky Mountains
43
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Minute
Directed By
Viktor Apfelbacher
Canada

Banff and the Rocky Mountains: sparkling glaciers, thundering waterfalls, deep gorges and unbelievably blue lakes reflecting the endless fir forests and high craggy mountain peaks. Postcard photo motifs are everywhere. Banff National Park stretches over three vegetation zones to offer a great variety of scenic splendour. The park lies in the middle of the mightiest mountain range in North America, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Although the days of pioneers and prospectors have long gone, the adventurous spirit from the past has been preserved in the founding history of Canada’s oldest National Park

Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines
43
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Antje Christ
Germany

This documentary shows the mammoth challenges being faced by the Ifugao in the globalisation age and asks whether it will be possible to maintain the unique rice terraces while also doing right by the young generation of Ifugao. Based on the story of a family from Banaue, the film shines a spotlight on the generation conflict within the Ifugao people. While the father still works as a rice grower, his son is a tourist guide in Banaue, taking visitors on tours of the rice terraces. In addition to this story, the film explores the various efforts being made to keep alive the unique cultural landscape and rich tradition of the Ifugao. As well as featuring the breathtaking landscapes of Hungduan or Batad, the film will include scenes from the Imbayah Festival in the Banaue at the end of April.

Death by a Thousand Cuts
75
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Juan Mejia Botero
Dominican Republic

Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.

Facing the Surge
25
Minutes
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Directed By
Diogo Castro Freire
United States

Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. The town has registered 16 inches of sea level rise since 1930. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change.

Fallow Land Bears Sweet Fruit
24
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Andrew Francisco
China

Can the ideas of early socialism guide China to a more sustainable future? Fallow Land Bears Sweet Fruit is a character-driven documentary about ‘China’s first intentional community,’ and how some young people here are reinterpreting the legacy of living together. Tang Guanhua and Xingzhen are young luminaries of a nascent Back to the Land movement. Their vision could be an important new direction for Chinese society, or a self-indulgent escape for a privileged few. This experiment in living socialism has been preceded by many notable successes and failures. Can such a commune thrive within the world’s largest socialist state?

Jetty Cats
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Minute
Directed By
Sheila Gail O'Rourke

Jetty Cats (USA, 56 min 35 sec) explores contemporary animal rights issues through a focus on a feral cat colony that has survived on a rocky, seaside jetty in Southern California for decades. There is an ongoing debate over feral cat colonies involving advocates who support the trap, neuter, and return -- or "TNR" -- model of management, and those who argue that trapping and euthanizing the cats is more humane. This documentary’s point-of-view supports the TNR model and the related “no-kill” animal shelter policy, and features an exclusive interview with Richard Avanzino, the "Father" of the no-kill movement.

MadagaSCARS
5
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Camille Wainer
United States

An animation short that informs and educates about the urgent issues that are threatening the future of wildlife and communities on the island of Madagascar. As an island nation of spectacular and unique biodiversity, Madagascar has over 80% of its animals and plants that are found nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar's Scars attempts to inform the viewer of the environmental crisis involving illegal logging, deforestation and hunting of the critically endangered lemur which threatens the future of the island, as well as offer hopeful solutions to protect the biodiversity and improve the lives of the Malagasy.

Microsculpture
6
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Tanya Cochrane
United Kingdom

Microsculpture is a unique visual experience. A 10mm insect is shown as a 3 meter print, revealing minute detail and allowing the viewer to take in the structure of the insect in its entirety. The beautifully lit, high magnification portraiture of Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.

RiverBlue
95
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
David McIlvride
United States

Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world’s most pristine waterways, to some of its most polluted, in an unprecedented global adventure that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, the manufacturing of our clothing is destroying rivers globally. Shot in %K with images both stunning and shocking, RiverBlue is a call to action to manufacture our clothing in a more sustainable way.

Soil Carbon Cowboys
13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Peter Byck
United States

Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis - heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
87
Minutes
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Directed By
Brett Story
Canada; United States

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.

Unbroken Ground
26
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Chris Malloy
United States

Unbroken Grounds explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis -- grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.

Unforgettable Khusargang
13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Ali Abbas Akhtar
Pakistan

Unforgettable Khusargang follows the story of Absar Khan who attempts to scale the peak of Khusargang. Along the way, Absar promoted community empowerment, conducted environmental awareness workshops, installed trash bins in the village, organized lavish iftari meals, highlighted the many issues posed by the lack of organized structured tourism and attempted to climb as high as he could, one base camp at a time. The Giligit-Baltistan side of Pakistan holds fragile natural beauty and poverty stricken locals.

Waste Not Want Not
13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Scott Schimmel
United States

As a state becomes overburden with landfills, passionate individuals argue for recycling as a better way. This film takes an exclusive look at the recycling industry in Alabama, a state that is home to the worlds largest plastic recycler. Ultimately, the film asks why the state is incentivizing landfills, rather than supporting an industry that is both more environmentally friendly and economically beneficial.

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