The Akamas Eco Film Festival 2017 in Paphos continues this week, showing films that aim to raise awareness about the planet’s contemporary environmental problems. The remaining films will be shown on Saturday in Peyia and in Kathikas on Sunday. Screenings will begin at 8pm on both days, with a free entrance and Greek and English subtitles.
Saturday’s screenings are all animations and provide the perfect chance to start teaching children about ecological matters. The first animation to be screened is Little Bird and the Squirrel by Swiss filmmaker Lena von Dohren.
The animation is set in autumn when a red leaf hangs at the end of a branch. When a little black bird comes along to water it, a squirrel suddenly nicks the bird’s bright green watering can and the bird follows the thief. This is the start of an exciting chase through the forest. But behind the trees the fiery red fox is already waiting for his chance.
After this five-minute screening, another animated film follows – Yeladim by Nadav Nachmany. This is a short story about a character who raises and takes care of a seed and tries to help it grow.
Next up is A World Divided in Two Colours directed by Martinez Garza and Jon Fernandez Lopez. In this film, we see that our world is divided between wise nature and excessive industrialisation which is causing pollution. The question the animated film ponders is if animals will be the ones to show us the correct way out of this chaos.
Following on the theme of animals, The Bear by Avtandil Chachibaia will follow. This is a moral fable about a bear trying to get revenge on humans who took the life of his mother.
The last two animated films of the day are The Change by Fabian Ribezzo, about a village that lives in perfect harmony with nature until the appearance of a mysterious iron artefact, and Boer Jansen (Farmer Jack) by Arjan Wilschut – about a happy farmer whose dream of creating a big farm is shattered when agricultural prices suddenly drop.
Sunday’s screenings of short films start with the Italian documentary Waste Mandala by Alessandro Bernard and Paolo Ceretto. The documentary follows a group of volunteers who began gathering the trash abandoned on the peaks of the Himalayas and in Nepal’s sacred areas in 2011. After years of collecting garbage, they want to leave a lasting mark, re-appropriate an ancient symbol and reconstruct harmony and beauty.
Next up is the sci-fi adventure Mirages by Wendy Pillonel. The scene is set on an Earth that is dried out from the lack of rain. Riham goes out to look for water to save his dying father but his sister prevents him because the sun makes people go crazy. However, a mysterious engineer maintains that he knows where the water is hiding.
The last film of the festival is Second Wind by Sergey Tsys. The sci-fi film shows an Earth where no one lives as there is no air to breathe, no water and no vegetation. But from time to time among waste and barren soils there appears strange metal flowers – as if it is one’s desperate effort to revive the dead nature.
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, Peyia and Kathikas. 8pm. Free. With Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 70-002420