art and science come together in the next few weeks in a celebration of film.
STARTING this week till next month, there will be no fewer than three film festivals happening in Kuala Lumpur. Film buffs will get to savour films on science, the environment and nature from a diverse selection from around the world.
First up is the increasingly popular Eco Film Festival (EFF), the fourth instalment of which begins today and will go on through the weekend, at Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya, from 10am to 8pm daily.
Having spent the last four years educating and entertaining the public on the environment, the EFF has seen tremendous increase in the number of films it showcases. From just 20 films shown at the first festival, this year it will be screening about 70 films, comprising about 40 international films and 30 local ones.
And like the previous instalments, this year’s festival will also feature talks, forums, workshops, live music performances and exhibition of eco-friendly products.
All the local films, submitted by local filmmakers for the festival’s competition, will be screened on the first day, while the international films will be shown over the subsequent two days.
The local films are all short films, and they include On Borrowed Time, directed by Lara Ariffin and Harun Rahman, about the efforts to curb wildlife poaching in the Belum- Temenggor forest reserve; and Gary Liew’s Perspectives, about a little girl’s journey to discover what 0% wastage means.
Among the international films to be shown are Leonids Story, by German director Rainer Ludwigs, about survivors in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; They Come For It All, They Come For The Gold, by Christian Habaruk, an Argentinian story about a David vs Goliath battle between a Patagonian town and economic and political powers; and Food Matters, by Australians Jamesa Colquhon and Laurentine ten Bosch, an expose on the worldwide trillion-dollar “sickness industry.”
> For more information and details, go to ecofilmfest.my. n Starting Nov 1, and right through the entire month, the Alliance Francaise presents Month Of The Documentary. This is the 12th edition of the French festival dedicated to documentaries. Four films will be screened: On Nov 4 at 8pm, is Cleveland vs Wall Street, a film by Jean-stephane Bron, about the city of Cleveland’s lawsuit against 21 banks which it held responsible for a series of foreclosures that left the city in ruin. The film takes a look at the banking system that affected the world economy negatively.
On Nov 11 at 6.30pm is the opening of the photo exhibition, Of Forests And Men, followed by the screening of the short film of the same name. The short film, by director Yann Arthus-bertrand who made the popu- lar Home, was commissioned by the United Nations for the launch of the International Year Of The Forests 2011.
On Nov 12 at 8pm is the screening of Beef Eating Snakes, a film about naturalist Arnoult Seveau who travelled through Vietnam in search of a strange, unknown horned animal that is said to eat poisonous snakes. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Seveau.
On Nov 15 at 6pm there will be a conference on “The extinction of the Tapir.”
On Nov 25 at 8pm, is Think Global Act Rural, directed by Coline Serreau, a film on new farming systems that ensure secure and sustainable food.
All the events and screenings will be held at Alliance Francaise, 15 Lorong Gurney, KL, and admission is free. n Finally, there is the Science Film Festival, initiated by the Goethe-institut, which will be held from Nov 8 to Nov 13 at the theatrette of HELP University-college, Damansara Heights, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The festival’s target audience is young people from ages eight to 15. It presents a variety of films that carry the theme “Forests”, which is also the Unesco theme for 2011.
The Science Film Festival takes place in Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam over the month of November. The attendence of 130,000 in Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia last year made it one of the biggest festivals of its kind in terms of audience figures.
The films are divided into four categories – Family Edutainment; Ecology And Environment; Natural Science, Life Science And Technology; and Culture And History. The selection in each country may vary, but the films are all selected from 150 film entries from around the world.
In Malaysia, a total 17 films will be selected for screening by a Malaysian jury.
Penang and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will have their own screenings, some of which will be accompanied by activities, Q&A sessions and quizzes.
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