Cinema Verde 2018 Environmental Film Festival

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Featured Presentations

Beyond Fordlandia
82
Minutes
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Directed By
Marcos Colon
United States

Beyond Fordlandia (USA, 82 min) Directed by Marcos Colón. An account of Henry Ford’s Amazon experience 90 years after its failure. The story begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Co. attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a tributary of the Amazon. The indigenous peoples successfully transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export. Best-Awareness Raising Documentary" World Wildlife Fund, November 2017. "Award of Excellence, Documentary Feature," Impact DOCS Awards, July 2017.

Ciclo de Cambio
9
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Directed By
Robin Canfield
United States

Moved by the lack of opportunity for women and youth in her community in El Salvador, Reina Molino ventures to Guatemala to study bici-maquinas—bicycle pedal-power technology. Leaving everything she knows behind, Reina embarks on an inspiring journey of self-empowerment and problem solving. Through the mentorship of Carlos, founder of the social enterprise Bici-Tec and the friendship of Geovany, Reina seeks to find her life purpose and change the lives of people in her community.For more information visit http://bicitec.org/This video was produced on location by an Actuality Abroad student crew and shot primarily with Canon cameras.

The Global Connection: Saving Florida's Springs
39
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Minute
Directed By
Sami Kattan
United States

If we observe and listen closely, our world communicates to us. The director with producer Tessa Skiles, travelling the Springs Heartland for a year, explored the hidden gems of Florida and consulted with leading experts on the current state of Florida's water resources. From springs hunting to mystical mermaids to interviews with National Geographic explorers, this film educates us on the threats facing the water Floridians consume every day and how Florida springs are a looking glass into the health of our most vital natural resource.

Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs
59
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Directed By
Bob Giguere
United States

Florida has over 1,000 freshwater springs, more than anywhere else in the world. Not only do these springs nurture a wonderland of plants and wildlife, they flow from an aquifer that provides drinking water for 90% of Floridians. Their value for recreation, real estate, and potable water is measured in billions of dollars. Rare footage illustrates the springs’ beauty but also reveals that humans may have done more damage to them in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000 years.

Immondezza
41
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Mimmo Calopresti
Italy

We follow a race against litter– Keep Clean and Run –that journeys across Southern Italy, from Mount Vesuvius to Etna, through parks and towns, mountains and beaches: 350 kilometres of stunning views. Roberto Cavallo’s race to protest littering entailed great fatigue and even encounters with those who fight the mafia, as he and others who joined him clean up as they run and explain their mission to others.

Into the Forest I Go (Sielunmetsä)
91
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Anu Kuivalainen
Finland

This film transforms how the Finnish identify with nature into pictures spoken by different voices; both the famous Finnish environmentalist, Pentti Linkola, and the Finnish writer, Juha Hurme, are featured in the film as well as the director. Set entirely in forest, the protagonists sleep under spruce trees, make art, hunt with their dogs, hold techno raves in the summer night, and earn a living as forest owners. As the film progresses, we gain a view of the forest as a biological organism, as a spiritual retreat for humans, as a source of inspiration, and as a complete living environment supporting us all.

Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in Turmoil
38
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Benj Binks
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Decades of mismanagement, environmental changes and a burgeoning population have created tensions for the 40 million people living on the shores of the world's second largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria. Desperate fishermen use illegal nets and overfish the East African lake's dwindling stocks, while many fishermen have had to turn to other forms of work - much of which has a detrimental impact on the health of the lake and its residents. Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in Turmoil follows some of those trying to eek out a living on the lake: a Kenyan fisherman who illegally crosses the border into Uganda in the search for fish; a Ugandan who gave up fishing to become a palm oil farmer; and a Tanzanian gold miner using mercury with his bare hands to extract the precious mineral from unregulated mines on the lake's shores. But how well do they comprehend the pressure that they’re putting on the lake, and can the regional governments and communities take action before irreversible damage happens?

Lost Springs
40
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Minute
Directed By
Matt Keene
United States; Vanuatu

Every three or more years, the water behind the Kirkpatrick Dam in north-central Florida is lowered. And allows more than 20 springs to cough back to life for a few months. The film explores themes of loss, wonder, and experience in nature as the inimitable artist, Margaret Ross Tolbert, experiences the magic and beauty of these disappearing forgotten springs left by the state to decay. Tolbert joins experts on a trip up the fabled Ocklawaha River to witness the transient landscape and find the lost springs of the Ocklawaha. The film defends the uniqueness of a river allowed to flow freely, celebrates the springs through Tolbert's paintings, and captivates with a first-ever filmed cave-dive by experts Mark Long and Tom Morris.

Nerve
61
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Ben Evans
United States

After returning from the Vietnam War, Craig Williams looked forward to life as a cabinetmaker. But in 1984, he discovered the Department of Defense planned to incinerate over 500 tons of deadly chemical weapons stockpiled in his small Kentucky hometown, Williams began the fight of his life. In this remarkable David vs. Goliath story, a small band of people led by Williams' over 3 decades, stood up to the world’s most powerful bureaucracy by building an international movement and transformed how nations destroy chemical weapons. Winner of 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize. https://youtu.be/aYSBckx-hRk

Sprayed
39
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Craig Leon
United States

An exploration of what happens when whole communities get exposed to toxins: Naled sprayed on Miami residents to fight Zika virus, Agent Orange sprayed on the Vietcong, and release of GMO mosquitoes in Brazil with pyriproxyfen added to drinking water to fight dengue. What are the results for nature and humanity? We meet Agent Orange survivors at Vietnamese detoxification and rehabilitation centers, parents of babies born with microcephaly from Zika virus, and Florida residents dealing with efforts to kill mosquitoes carrying Zika virus. Perspectives of doctors, scientists, and politicians are balanced with voices of ordinary citizens and victims to explore concerns about the potential impact on current and future generations.

Steroids Are Bad for the Brain
4
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Gabriel Tyner
United States

One man quits taking prednisone and takes up alternative medicine to save his mind.

Yamuna: The Stolen River
39
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Krisztina Danka, PhD
India

Six young people in rural India set out on a journey to find out who is poisoning their sacred river, the Yamuna, causing people and animals to die en masse. When they arrive at the foothills of the Himalayas, a shocking reality unfolds: their river has been “stolen”–replaced by an open flow of sewage, causing a major ecological disaster affecting tens of millions–to which, unknowingly, the whole world contributes. Can they save the river, people’s lives, and their holy land, the very heart of ancient Indian culture?

The Thinking Garden
35
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Christine Welsh
Canada

In a village in South Africa in the dying days of apartheid, 3 generations of older women created a community garden in the midst of severe drought and political turmoil, despite limited access to land and little political voice. They named their garden Hleketani – “thinking” in the local xiTsonga language – a place where women gather to think about how to solve problems. This films shows how local

The Trees Around You
23
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Jacob Wise
Canada

A journey among old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and the indigenous people that live among them. Many of the areas in this film have been logged, and this footage is some of the last to see them in their full glory.

Water Warriors
22
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Michael Premo
United States

The story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada, a region known for forestry, farming, and fishing, both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that the rural community depend on. A multicultural group of unlikely warriors united and set up road blockades to prevent oil exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling, they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking.

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