Saturday, June 4 | 7:00pm | AGO, Jackman Hall | 317 Dundas St W | $10 General Admission | $8 Student & Seniors with ID
Environment is defined as the conditions and circumstances that surround us. Environment is everything that exists, everything we have known and everything we will come to know. Our air, land, and water are under constant assault from the ever-growing ravages of man-made pollution generated chiefly by industrialized societies. Radical action is required to insure our basic survival as a species.With this selection of films we reflect on the intimate relationship between humans and their surroundings, challenging the way we think about the natural world.
Films In Program:
Santa Cruz del Islote
2015 • Colombia • 19′ • Documentary
Director Luke Lorentzen brings us to the dream-like islet of Santa Cruz. Located off the coast of the Caribbean in Colombia, this tiny piece of land harbours a relatively large population making it the most densely populated island on the planet. We are invited to discover a little bit of their lifestyle through the eyes of some of its people just to discover that their carefree lives are on the brink of collapse due to the disappearance of fish shoal of which the inhabitants of the island depend on for feeding and trade. Beautifully shot, this film could be read as a cautionary tale of what it is to come if we don’t take the environmental problems seriously.
Riding Bull Cart
Rhonda Chan Soo
2015 • Trinidad & Tobago • 10’26” • Documentary
As a homage to lost traditions, director Rhonda Chan Soo brings us a time-capsule-moment that could have been taken from the colonial past of the Caribbean. The symbiotic and pure relationship between human and beast working together may seem a ludicrous thought for some people nowadays, but it was the base of society until only a couple of centuries ago. Come along for the short ride that takes this duo through the busy streets of the city in reminiscent of lost times when man and beast were one.
Ciclo 7X1 / Cycle 7X1
2015 • Brazil • 30’ • Documentary
The backdrop is the recently celebrated World Cup in Brazil - one of the most passionate countries in the world about their national sport, soccer - where parties and protests clash in the city. It is in this context that director Gil Baroni documents the life of a young single woman who lives in the favelas with her six children and makes a living out of collecting and pushing around the city cardboard boxes to be recycled.In their daily routine on the quest for garbage Luana and her children ruminate about life and soccer, and at the same time are silent and invisible witnesses of a society that has long forgotten about them. Other people’s waste becomes this tiny people’s wealth. Who is doing the right thing? The ones cheering every time there is a goal, the ones protesting about the waste of money hosting these large events, or the poor people that wake up every morning to work a little bit for the planet and for their families?
Al otro lado / The Other Side
2014 • Argentina • 15’59” • Documentary
Fourteen years ago, the government of Argentina’s capital offered land to poor people right by one of the country’s largest waste landfills with the promise of the closure of the dumps. Time has passed and trash keeps coming and with it diseases and the vanishing dream of a better life. Director Sofia Quiros documents the life of this small community that could be used as a metaphor of the world problem of our over production of waste and how tricked and forgotten people deal with it with only three tools, hard work, hope and a smile.
El enemigo / The Enemy
2015 • Cuba • 26’08” • Documentary
In the Tropics mosquitoes are being feared as a silent and ever-present threat. Director Aldemar Matias’ The Enemy explores the efforts of Cuba’s government to educate the population about the dangers of the small insect while it tries to eradicate the animal from people’s houses. Being Cuba, this effort is highly influenced by revolutionary values and merits based on performance. We follow our unlikely heroine while navigating a fight against the ever dangerous mosquito.
Impronta / Mark
2013 • Costa Rica • 5’20” • Animation
An experimental animated short by director Eduardo Brenes that talks about the invisible damage that we are causing to the world’s oceans and how that means a possible backlash to us, humans.