The Organisation of the European Capital of Culture PAFOS2017, in the framework of Akamas Proejct, a multidimensional project for the protection of natural areas and the sustainable development of the communities of the Akamas peninsula, invites you to the “Akamas Eco Film Festival 2017” that will take place from the 9th until the 13th of August 2017, in different communities of Akamas.
The programme of the festival includes awarded documentaries, short films and animation films of ecological interest, aiming to the public awareness concerning the planet’s contemporary environmental problems. The festival is organised for the first time in the communities of Akamas and is addressed to the residents and visitors of Akamas, of all ages.
The screenings will take place in the following communities of Akamas area: Neo Chorio, Droushia, Pano Arodes, Pegeia and Kathikas.
Screenings start at 20:00
With Greek and English subtitles.
Neo Chorio, Wednesday, 9th of August 2017
Home, Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France, 2009)
HOME is the first major film about climate change, giving viewers the opportunity to see for themselves how our earth is changing. Going well beyond the scientific reports, charts and graphs, this film is an inspiration that speaks to our hearts and touches our souls. The film, which has been made using only aerial photography, spanning 54 countries and 120 locations, it takes you on a visually stunning, spectacular voyage around the world, capturing the Earth’s most amazing landscapes and showcasing its incomparable beauty and acknowledging its vulnerability. HOME is a compelling emotional reminder of what is at stake: the Earth, in all its beauty, and the people who live on it.
Droushia, Thursday, 10th of August 2017
Seed: The Untold Story, Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz (USA, 2016)
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Pano Arodes, Friday, 11th of August 2017
The Day the Sun Fell, Aya Domenig (Switzerland/ Finland, 2015)
The Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience. While gathering the memories and present views of these very last survivors, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima strikes and history seems to repeat itself. The protagonists of the film have made it their task in life to fight tirelessly against the silence reigning over the true medical and social effects of the atomic bomb.
Pegeia, Saturday, 12th of August 2017
Little bird and the Squirrel, Lena von Döhren (Switzerland, 2014)
It’s autumn. At the end of a branch hangs a red leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it. Suddenly a squirrel nicks the bird’s bright green watering can. The bird follows the cheeky thief: this is the start of an exciting chase through the forest. But behind the trees the fiery red fox is already waiting for his chance.
Yeladim, Nadav Nachmany (Israel, 2014)
A short story of a character that raises and takes care of a seed and tries to help it grow.
A world divided in two colors, Gabriela Martinez Garza, Jon Fernandez Lopez (Mexico, 2015)
Our world is divided between the wise nature and the excessive industrialization, which due to the human thoughtlessness, degenerates chaos and pollution.. Will the animals be the ones to show us the correct way out?
The Bear, Avtandil Chachibaia (USA, 2015)
A moral fable about a bear trying to get revenge on humans who took the life of his mother. The film raises questions about values and instincts, as bear and human come head to head on the back drop of the nature.
The Change, Fabian Ribezzo (Italy, 2011)
Mozambique. A village that lives in perfect harmony with nature becomes distraught with the apparition of a mysterious iron artefact, which causes severe climate changes. What will the coexistence be like for the inhabitants and the new “guest”? The short film conveys a complex message through the instruments of animation, surprising and amusing the spectators with the richness of invention and pressing rhythm. The film identifies a path for economic and environmental sustainability for a balanced use of natural resources, deprived of ideology and without refuting modernity.
Boer Jansen (Farmer Jack), Arjan Wilschut (Belgium, Ireland, Holland, 2012)
Boer Jansen (Farmer Jack) is a happy farmer who is trying to live up to the dream he and his late father shared: a big farm with cows, chickens and sheep, all stretching as far as the eye can see. Jack Jansen is leading a happy farmer’s life. When agricultural prices suddenly drop, he is caught in the cycle of ‘producing more for less’ and sees his dream of a prosperous farm unit fall apart. A salesman and a scientist seem to have a solution, but will this put an end to his trouble? Or could the cure be worse than the disease?
Kathikas, Sunday, 13th of August 2017
Waste Mandala, Alessandro Bernard, Paolo Ceretto (Italy, 2015)
In the collective imaginary, Nepal is a land of pristine nature, temples and sacred sites. Few people are acquainted with the other side of the picture: a land devastated by plastic and rubbish generated by mass tourism and the rapid spread of consumption in a civilization that is still archaic. Starting in 2011, a group of volunteers, known as the Green Soldiers, began gathering the trash abandoned on the peaks of the Himalayas and in Nepal’s sacred areas. Today, after years of collecting garbage, they want to leave a lasting mark, re-appropriate an ancient symbol and reconstruct harmony and beauty, starting from something that is universally considered waste...
Mirages, Wendy Pillonel (Switzerland, 2014)
It hasn't rained for years and the Earth has dried out. Human beings live in cliffs. One day, Riham finds his father dying in the desert. The boy decides to look for water to save him. His sister Marine wants to prevent him because the sun makes people go crazy. However, a mysterious engineer maintains that he knows where the water is hiding.
Second Wind, Sergey Tsys (Russia, 2012)
The Earth is not habited any more. There is no air to breathe. No water, no vegetation. But from time to time among waste and barren soils there appears strange metal flowers – as if it is ones desperate effort to revive the dead nature.
Artistic Direction, Co-ordination, Production: Technopolis 20
General Co-ordination of Akamas Project: Daniella Pistenti Mouyiannou