Join us for the Earth Hour Film Festival

WWF-Australia has partnered with Documentary Australia to bring you the Earth Hour Film Festival!

 

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Enjoy one short film and five inspiring and uplifting documentaries that explore the impacts of climate change on people and nature, and the solutions we can use to #ShapeOurFuture. 

 

The Film Festival will be live for the whole day of Earth Hour on Saturday 26 March. Businesses, Landmarks, Organisations, Councils and Schools can access the festival early, from 21-26 March.

Regenerating Australia

 

 

Regenerating Australia is a 17 minute short film by the creative team of the award winning film 2040. It is based on a 4 month interview process with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country’s future.  Set on New Year's Eve of December 2029, a news anchor is ending the nightly bulletin with a look back at the decade 'that could be.' A decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community focused economy.

The film is a construction of news reports and press conferences featuring real news anchors and journalists, politicians, business leaders and citizens. This mocked up look back at the decade that 'could be' is full of hope and aspiration. But it is a muscular hope, as each news event is grounded in the research and modeling of several organizations that have been examining and advocating for such a transition.

Cry of the Forests

Western Australia’s south-west forests are part of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and are recognised for their ability to capture and store carbon. They are vital to slowing run-away climate change yet instead of preserving them we are cutting them down at an alarming rate for charcoal, firewood and woodchips. Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle but the streams that once bubbled through these ecological communities are drying up and the critical habitat they provide for endangered species is shrinking.

Cry of the Forests takes viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the beauty of these towering ecosystems and the life they support. We meet the activists armed with go-pros and dressed in camouflage gear risking their lives to bear witness to the logging and we meet traditional custodians, tourist operators & farmers on the frontline of the battle to protect our forests. This film seeks to change perceptions about native forests and their true value.

 

Blue

Over the last three decades, coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has halved. More than a third of fish stocks in our waters are now over-exploited or have status “unknown”. And this year alone, 50 million plastic bags will enter the litter stream from Australia, making our country the second largest waste producer, per capita.

Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, Blue is a provocative mix of scientific essay, investigative journalism and arresting imagery. Tackling themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution, Blue takes us into the ocean realm where we witness ocean change first hand. And as we learn of the ecological crimes occurring worldwide, we also uncover the shocking truths happening on our own Australian shorelines.

Blue comes at a time when we are making critical decisions, which will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come. Australia has the opportunity to be seen as a marine conservation leader. We have the greatest tropical reefs and potentially the biggest network of marine sanctuaries on the Planet. 90% of the creatures here occur nowhere else in the world. But can we step up to the plate and save our oceans?


The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

 

 

In her colourful sari and large scarlet bindi, Dr. Vandana Shiva is an arresting presence: She galvanises crowds, advises government leaders, fields calls from the media—then retreats from big-city buzz to work side-by-side with small farmers around the globe.

Who is she then? What is her mission? How did this woman from an obscure town in India become Monsanto’s worst nightmare; a rebellious rock star in the global debate about who feeds the world?

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells Vandana’s story—the people, events, and circumstances that defined her life’s purpose—and how she rose to prominence in the food justice movement to inspire an international crusade for change. The film also illuminates two visions for feeding an exploding world population: The first, an industrial model controlled by corporations. And the alternative—organic, regenerative, and local food systems that restore biodiversity, mitigate climate change, build strong communities and feed the world.

Wild Things

 

Wild Things is a feature-length documentary that follows a new generation of environmental activists that are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying, enough. Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco-warriors will do whatever it takes to save their futures from the ravages of climate change. From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest for days on end or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap. Messages go viral within seconds. It’s a far cry from the heady days of the Franklin River Blockade when street marches were the only way to be heard.

 

When the River Runs Dry

 

When the River Runs Dry dives into the true story behind one of Australia’s worst environmental disasters. The film calls upon experts, Indigenous elders and locals, to unravel the cause and effects of this catastrophe on people and wildlife.

When the River Runs Dry seeks to bring an ecological and social catastrophe to the attention of Australians and people around the world. The Darling River’s waters have been overallocated to irrigation for decades, and efforts to return environmental flows to sustainable levels have been met with organised resistance.