UK Green Film Festival 2015
Sponsored by Friends of the Earth, the UK Green Film Festival 2015 celebrates 7 incredible environmental films in cinemas around the country from 3-10 May.
This year's impressive line-up - including 5 UK premieres and the European premiere of Bikes vs Cars - will be screened in a record-breaking 23 towns and cities across the UK, from the Scottish Highlands to London, Wales and Northern Ireland.
1. Bikes vs Cars
This year's UK Green Film Festival is proud to host the European premiere of Fredrik Gertten's Bikes vs Cars, a thought-provoking film about the daily global drama in traffic around the world.
From bike activists in Sao Paolo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to Copenhagen where 40% commute daily by bike, Bikes vs Cars looks at the struggles for cyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.
2. Good Things Await
Niels Stokholm is one of the most idealistic farmers in Denmark. He runs his biodynamic farm with his wife, Rita, and from their farm, Thorshøjgaard, they distribute products to some of the best restaurants in the world.
But not everyone is fond of Thorshøjgaard and his holistic methods. Authorities and bureaucracy threaten to close down the farm.
In Good Things Await, Phie Ambo follows their sruggle to make sure that they are not the last to do agriculture the way they do, but some of the first.
Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water sustainable?
Mexico City was built not near water, but in the middle of a lake. To supply it with fresh water is such a task that it makes it necessary to bring it from other states. In addition, once sewage water leaves the city, it ends up in agriculture.
H20mx is an environmental case study of the Valley of Mexico as it struggles to save itself while its population grows.
4. Divide in Concord
Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the world’s largest landfill. She spends her golden years attending city council meetings and cold-calling residents.
Since 2010, she has spearheaded a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. So far, her attempts to pass a municipal bylaw have failed. As she prepares for one last town meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet, from local merchants and the International Bottled Water Association.
In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau’s environmental movement, can one senior citizen make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide.
5. Sud Eau Nord Déplacer
Following the steps of the Nan Shui Bei Diao — South to North Water Transfer — the world's largest water transfer project, stretching between southern and northern China.
Director Antoine Boutet takes us on an incredible journey that uncovers the enormous scale of China’s attempt to re-route nature. Along the way, he introduces us to the communities displaced and effected by this audacious project.
6. Seeds of Time
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food.
Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are resulting in starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, Seeds of Time shows how Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
7. Above All Else
One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land.
Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbours and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.
As in his previous film, Mississippi Chicken, director John Fiege puts a human face on a complex case of social injustice, capturing the South in all its drama and contradiction.