Screen Green! A Festival of European Documentaries
at the Goethe-Institut London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, Ciné lumière, the Hungarian Cultural Centre, & the Italian Cultural Institute 4 – 11 November 2010 Screen Green! brings together documentaries from 14 European countries which focus on the ever relevant theme of the environment and in particular humankind's fragile relationship with the natural world. Recent news regarding oil spills, environmental pollution and dwindling natural resources no longer concern a minority of people, but engage communities throughout the world. As during previous years, a number of cultural institutes and embassies in London and the European Commission Representation in the UK collaborate to present Screen Green!, an eight day festival from the 4 to 11 November at five different London venues. Screen Green! puts commonplace materials and aspects of our everyday life under scrutiny. The film PLANEAT investigates the West's indulgence in meat and dairy products and its environmental repercussions, Fish n' Pills forces us to look at the pill in a new light, whilst Plastic Planet questions the benefits of one of the most popular materials of our time. The themes of pollution and the impact of climate change are explored in Green Line – Urban Transport and Pollution as well as Climate Chaos in the South. Renewable and sustainable sources of energy and recycling are discussed in Selective Waste Collection – From Myths to Reality and The 4th Revolution – EnergyAutonomy. Furthermore Screen Green! presents documentaries that chart the livelihoods of isolated communities and their complex relationship to nature. Gold Futures sees people in a picturesque Transylvanian village confronted with a choice, as a Canadian company prepares to excavate a massive open-pit gold mine where their village stands. The Mirror presents a fascinating insight into life in a mountain community which in winter exists in permanent gloom and awaits the construction of a giant mirror designed to reflect sunlight onto the village. The River follows the lives of inhabitants in a Lithuanian village who live on the edge of a chemical plant. Three Men and a Fish Pond surveys three elderly country bachelors who appear to live closer to nature than fellow humans. And Stop, Look, Listen investigates the impact of planning decisions on the beautiful Tua valley in Portugal, which has welcomed the railroad but is now threatened by a dam. Finally French environmentalist Nicolas Hulot takes us around the world on an eye-opening journey through fragile but magnificent landscapes that alarmingly appear absent of nature (One). The documentary addresses some of the social and political issues that stand in the way of environmental solutions. Most screenings will be accompanied by a Q&A to enable and encourage debates. Screen Green! is the fourth joint film project of the EUNIC London cluster (European Union National Institutes for Culture in London), supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK, which aims to improve and promote cultural diversity and understanding between European societies. Countries taking part in this year's European Documentary Project are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and the UK.
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