FOREVER, 7min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Neha Oswal, Akshada Muley, Aishwarya Rajasekar
FOREVER offers a counter-narrative to the anthropocentric way we often describe the city. It acknowledges that our cities, and indeed our world is shared with many other non-human entities, each with their own tendencies and dispositions.
SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH, 51min., Russia, Documentary
Directed by Dmitriy Shpilenok
Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!
WATER IS LIFE: FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP, 24min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Sam Vinal
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.
VERTICAL: THE FUTURE OF FARMING, 15min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Scott Morris & Jay Windland
Vertical: The Future of Farming follows a new generation of urban, indoor farmers, whose approach to food production offers the potential to combat climate change while feeding hundreds of millions. From New York City, to Portland, Oregon to Singapore, these farmers are turning agricultural conventions on their head by utilizing vertical space in cities, rather than expansive rural fields. The result, according to retired Columbia Professor Dickson Despommier, represents the “next evolutionary jump in humanity’s quest for a reliable, sustainable food supply.”
FROM KURILS WITH LOVE, 20min., Switzerland, Documentary
Directed by Taylor Reese
Vladimir, a scrappy but aging Russian marine mammal biologist, unexpectedly hitch hikes aboard a boat filled with adventure photographers out of a desperate need to return to his science monitoring stations. His boat, 2 weeks prior, was lost to the explosion of the Raikoke volcano. He is on a mission to help fulfill his quest to understand and protect the Kuril Islands before his age fails him, and so together the team sets out in one of the most remote and accessible volcanic island chains in the world to help Vladimir
Theme of night: Desire to evolve and change
NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.
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