Friday, 25 April 2014

Film Festival 2014

You are invited to celebrate Sheffield Friends of the Earth’s 40th birthday at our free film festival!

The films will be shown at the University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 3. See map Here

Doors open at 5.30pm for refreshments. Screenings will commence at 6pm. A public discussion will take place after each film.

The films will be shown on the following dates:

  • Thu 8 May - Gasland 2
  • Thu 15 May - Trashed
  • Thu 22 May - A Fierce Green Fire
  • Thu 29 May - More Than Honey

If you can help publicise this film festival then our posters can be found here 


Gasland 2 - Thu 8 May



In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Gasland 2, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".

For more details see http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/


Trashed - Thu 15 May



We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. On a boat in the North Pacific he faces the reality of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effect of plastic waste on marine life. We learn that chlorinated dioxins and other man-made Persistent Organic Pollutants are attracted to the plastic fragments. These are eaten by fish, which absorb the toxins. We then eat the fish, accumulating more poisonous chemicals in our already burdened bodies. Meanwhile, global warming, accelerated by these emissions from landfill and incineration, is melting the ice-caps and releasing decades of these old poisons, which had been stored in the ice, back into the sea. And we learn that some of the solutions are as frightening and toxic as the problem itself.

For more details see http://www.trashedfilm.com/


A Fierce Green Fire - Thu 22 May

 

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.

For more details see http://www.afiercegreenfire.com/


More Than Honey - Thu 29 May



Beautifully filmed and directed by Oscar nominated Markus Imhoof, winner of numerous Best Documentary Awards across international film festivals and stunning cinematography by Jörg Jeshel and Attila Boa, More Than Honey brings sharply into focus our current bee crisis where numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world with 50% to 90% of bees having disappeared over the past 15 years. With one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat and 80% of plant species dependent on pollination, the honey bee is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival

For more details see http://www.morethanhoney.co.uk/

This film festival is sponsored by The Co-operative