Monday, 16 August 2010

Eco Film Festival 2010

Sheffield Friends of the Earth has started to organise an environmental film festival at the University of Sheffield’s Medical School after the success of last year’s showing of the Age of Stupid.

The festival will start on Wednesday 13 October with a film about unsustainable fishing called The End of the Line. It is the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans.

 A week later, on Wednesday 20 October, we will screen Who Killed the Electric Car?. The EV-1 was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert?

The third movie, The Vanishing of the Bees, screens on Wednesday 27 October. Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. In the UK, around one fifth of honeybee hives were lost in the winter 2008/09. Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat, and this contributes £200 million a year to the UK economy. Vanishing of the Bees, is an eye-opening account of the shocking truth behind the declining bee population.

The conclusion of the festival on Wednesday 3 September will see the screening of The End of Suburbia. The documentary explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

Each screening will be followed by drinks and a discussion with various experts from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The films will be free to attend and we’d love to see you at the screening. If you can invite friends and work colleagues then we would be please to see them too.

For more information about the films see