As part of the Akamas Project, the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 organsiers have put together a programme of film screenings under the title Akamas Eco Film Festival 2017.
The Akamas Project is a multidimensional project for the protection of natural areas and the sustainable development of the communities of the Akamas peninsula. In light of this cause and to raise awareness about the planet’s contemporary environmental problems, the festival will screen awarded documentaries, short films and animation films of ecological interest.
The festival, which is taking place for the first time, will take place at Neo Chorio, Droushia, Pano Arodes, Peyia and Kathikas. All screenings will start at 8pm, with a free entrance and Greek and English subtitles.
The first screening will be on Wednesday in Neo Chorio with the French 2009 documentary Home directed by French photographer, reporter and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
The following is a list of the films to be screened until Friday.
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, 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.
The second documentary to be screened will be Seed: The Untold Story directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel on Thursday in Droushia.
This American documentary follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 per cent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of 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.
Next up on Friday will be The Day the Sun Fell directed by Aya Domenig in Pano Arodes.
The Swiss-Japanese filmmaker, who is 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.
Akamas Eco Film Festival 2017
Film screenings of documentaries, short films and animation films of ecological interest. August 9-13. Neo Chorio, Droushia, Pano Arodes, Pegeia and Kathikas. 8pm. Free. With Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 70-002420