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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.

> For more de­tails go to goethe.de.

> For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-2694 7880 or email marine@al­liance­fran­caise.org.my.

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