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Two of my favourites – Green and Film

0 Comments 13 May 2012

This passed me by last year but is back this coming weekend for its second incarnation. I’m talking about the UK Green Film Festival, which will be screening films from around the world that explore some of the big environmental issues of the day.

There’s some fascinating topics up for viewing – from the obvious to the not so obvious. Below I have highlighted four that you might find interesting:

You could try Happy, which examines what makes you happy. Is it money? Kids and family? Your work? It poses the question as to whether we live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

Or how about ‘Taste the Waste’, a documentary film by Valentin Thurnabout about the worldwide destruction of food. Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste?

Then there’s Greedy Lying Bastards another documentary exposing the lengths to which the fossil fuel industry travels to ensure minimum profits for executives and shareholders through lobbyists, think tanks, organsitions and any number of scientists who present a fossil fuel friendly agenda to the world. Who can blame them? They are sat on a near monopoly worth may hundred of billions of dollars and are hardly going to sit back and watch it all wash away without some sort of fight!

And finally my favourite – THE CITY DARK, a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” and goes on to unravel the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring ‘stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.’

So there you have it. Check out their website, promote them through Twitter and catch a film in one of twelve UK cities.


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