Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FRIENDS Environmental Film Festival 2013

This winter FRIENDS will once again be hosting a traveling film festival with a selection of environmental films from around the world. Featured films include The Island President, End of the Line and Conservation in Abaco.

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year in office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 where the film provides a rare and unprecedented glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on between world leaders at such a top-level global assembly.

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. In the film we see first-hand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. It examines the imminent extinction of Bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.

Habitat Conservation in Abaco is a film by Loggerhead Productions and sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Waitt Foundation that looks at three different conservation efforts going on in Abaco. Talking to fishermen, residents, scientists and students, the film visits Cross Harbour, East Abaco Creeks and the blue holes of Abaco.

The film festival will be presented in Hope Town at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Tuesday January 15th, 6 -8 p.m. Green Turtle Cay at the Green Turtle Club on Tuesday, January 22nd 6 – 8 p.m. and in Treasure Cay at the Treasure Cay Community Center on Wednesday, January 30th 4 – 6 p.m. FRIENDS members are free, otherwise tickets are $10. Visit FRIENDS website for more information or to see the trailers: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org