At this point, there’s no use trying to beat around the bush. Climate change is real, we’re destroying the planet, the glaciers are melting, and basically… it’s all our fault. Yep. Sorry about that. It sucks. So, if you care about the planet – or just want to see some great films – check out the 2019 edition of Green Film Fest, which raises awareness about the environment through arts and culture. Launched in 2010, the festival’s tenth anniversary installment will take place in Buenos Aires at the Cinemark Palermo movie theaters and run from August 29th through September 4th.
According to the Festival’s website, its main objective is to “enjoy the best audiovisual productions with an environmental focus, using cinema as a medium to generate awareness and improve people’s quality of life.” This year, the Green Film Fest plans to offer a variety of films, from documentary to fiction and even animated works, appealing to a diverse audience. Of course, the common thread running through them all is the environment in all its forms: sustainability, renewable energy, conscious consumption, climate change, conservationism, recycling, and philosophical approaches to the people most committed to defending the environment. Selected films reflect an optimistic, hopeful vision about the essential change in consciousness needed to make the planet a better place for everyone to live.
For a week, you’ll be able to see up to *seven* films, which should fast-track you from “occasional recycler” to “full-fledged environmental shero.” Not sure where to start? Below, a quick selection of some of the most promising movies that you can see at this year’s Green Film Fest in Palermo.
I’m already ugly-crying at Monkey Kingdom; there’s a Lorde song in the trailer and it’s narrated by Tina Fey, which means I automatically love the movie about 100 times more. Just please, someone promise me that *none* of these little fury primate angels is going to encounter harm because I don’t think my heart will be able to take it.
Perhaps you’ve dreamed of leaving your overcrowded urban life behind, fantasizing about wide open spaces, broad horizons, clean air, and… baby piglets? Save me a spot next to you at the screening of The Biggest Little Farm, which follows one couple’s journey to create a utopian existence in California. Come for the ducklings, stay for the transformative power of storytelling.
Finally, in case you’ve ever posed with an elephant while you were “finding yourself” (aka avoiding real-life responsibility and/or smoking hash) on your “backpacking trip across Southeast Asia” (fully-funded by your parents, obviously), please watch Love & Bananas. It’s about how indefatigable heroes Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers – led by Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert – embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old captive Asian elephant and lead it to freedom. Brb, crying my eyes out from now until forever.
You can check out the full list of films screening on the Green Film Fest website. And remember, don’t be an asshole: reduce, reuse, recycle, Rihanna.