Transition Edinburgh University is proud to be supporting Cineco, a FREE Environmental Film Festival in and around the University of Edinburgh running from September-November 2010.
From September to November Cineco will be screening and premièring a series of films and documentaries from around the world (from Delhi to Leith) for FREE, no dinero involved.
The aim is to engage students and the general public in environmental issues and sustainable living through film and the arts and provide avenues for action directly after screenings.
Film is an important motivational force for change.
Addressing environmental issues doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, it can be creative and as easy as walking in to your local auditorium, sitting down and being inspired.
We know that when you watch a really thought provoking and inspiring film all you want to do is get out there and do something about it. However, it’s really hard to know what exactly it is you should do about the issues raised on screen and how best to channel your enthusiasm.
Hence why our screenings will be more than just screenings.
There will also be…
Q&A with directors
Pose any unanswered questions to the directors of the films who will be available to provide answers after selected screenings, either in person or through the magical medium of the internet.
Get involved in a discussion about issues raised by the films with a panel of experts, academics and activists.
Learn how to live more sustainably and sign up for projects working towards this goal in Edinburgh.
16th September: THE AGE OF STUPID. Pleasance Theatre, 1pm
Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?
Followed by a quick-fire introduction to Edinburgh based action groups and environmental projects taking place around the city.
21st September: FOOD AND FILM with Transition Edinburgh University, EATING ALASKA, Time and Venue TBC
What happens to a vegetarian who moves to Alaska and marries a commercial fisherman and deer hunter? Join her on a wry search for a sustainable, healthy and ethical meal. Women try to teach her to hunt, teens gather traditional foods, vegans give cooking lessons, she fishes for wild salmon, scrutinizes food labels with kids and finds toxic chemicals getting into wild foods. With humor and compassion, the documentary Eating Alaska shows natives and non-natives trying to balance buying industrial processed foods with growing their own and living off the land in the 21st century. Made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska, it is a journey into regional food traditions, our connection to where we live and what we put into our mouths.
Beyond the Tipping Point? is a film about climate change and the ways we respond to it. Through the voices of 25 people from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, it addresses a fundamental challenge for our time: how the future is imagined, and how this imagination shapes our actions in the present.
This is not another film about the science or the ‘facts’ of global warming. It is an exploration of a deeper set of questions. How do we make sense of the idea that we may have a limited time frame for effective action? Is there ever a point after which all action comes too late? Does apocalyptic imagination lead to hope, or despair?
8th October: JUST DO IT!: Scottish Premiere – Roxy Art House, 6pm
Join director Emily James for a sneak preview of her latest documentary and a workshop addressing the process of making an activist film. Just Do it is an exciting new feature documentary film that follows the mischievous and risky world of UK climate activists.
The story follows Climate Camp, Plane Stupid and Climate Rush through 2009 as they take on the combined forces of global capitalism, run away climate change and those pesky metropolitan police.
11th October: CINECO AND FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SCOTLAND PRESENT: ALTIPLANO: Scottish Premiere – Roxy Art House, 6pm
ALTIPLANO is a lyrical and probing film about our divided but inextricably linked world. War photographer Grace, devastated by a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. The villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and their land. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max’s death.
The screening will be followed by a weblink Q&A session with director Jessica Woodworth
5th November, MEAN SEA LEVEL, Scottish Premiere, Roxy Art House, 6pm
Cineco is proud to present a film by Pradip Saha, director, journalist and Associate Director of the Centre for Science and Environment. Pradip will be join us live from Delhi for a weblink Q&A session after the screenings.
Mean Sea Level looks at the impact of climate change on the inhabitants of Ghoramara and Sagar Islands in the Sunderbans Delta. As the sea level rises and takes with it homes and livelihoods in the delta, the villagers of Sagar are paying a hefty price for a problem that they did not create. Meanwhile, middle class India and the political elite are becoming aware of the problem of global warming, but prefer to look the other way.
12th November, OUR DAILY BREAD, Roxy Art House, 6pm
Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds – a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living.
OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest – and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.
26th November: UK PREMIERE – DIVE! LIVING OFF AMERICA’S WASTE, Roxy Art House
To celebrate the final screening of CINECO we will be premiering DIVE! Living off America’s Waste. Inspired by a curiosity about our careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.
Stick around afterwards for a Q&A session with Mark Boyle, the man who gave up money and a workshop on skills-swaps and waste innovation!