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EARTHNOTES ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2007-11-14)

The Fixed Frame Fest on recently held at Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre is followed by the Earthnotes Environmental Film Festival which runs at the Kwasuka from November 10 to 14 each evening from 17h00.

Amid worldwide campaigns to highlight the threat to the global environment, comes Earthnotes. A film festival of environmental documentaries, it is screened in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu Natal Centre for Civil Society (UKZN CCS). This will be followed by screenings in Wentworth, Inanda Kliptown, and Welbedaucht areas from November 15 to 16.

Earthnotes pays special attention to oceans and water. Documentaries like A World Without Water shed light on the impending global scarcity of water and Farming the Seas on over-fishing of the world's oceans. A Hell of Fishing is a trenchant documentary that shows the effects of over-fishing in the African context.

The documentaries also cover controversial and timely global issues. Crude Impact and Source are two award-winning films that expose the collision of the insatiable appetite for oil with the rights of indigenous cultures and the environment. From Curitiba, Brazil, comes an example of how cities can be planned in a more sustainable way in A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions.

Local productions range from images of the dry land and productive seas of the west coast featured in two episodes of A Last Glimpse series to A Paradise under Pressure on the east coast, and the incredible interactions between species in the African savannah captured in Neil Curry's award-winning film The Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree.

Further details from Oliver Meth, UKZN Centre for Civil Society, on 031 260 1412/3577 or 076 473 6555. Between one and two screenings are scheduled each day, commencing at 5.00pm. Mornings are available for school bookings.




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