Thursday, August 29, 2013

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne 2013

Coming up in Melbourne, September 5th-13th is the 2013 Environmental Film Festival. The festival premiers environmental documentaries from Australia and the globe and looks set to be inspiring and informative across a range of issues. Festival organizers describe the films as 'traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act'.

Several sessions include panel discussions and there seems to be a real focus on inspiring change. Festival patron Bob Brown says "EFFM gives Australians a glimpse into the most pertinent environmental issues and reminds us that these issues are not all happening in faraway places, they are happening right here on our doorstep– and, it's time for all Australians to be a part of the solution,” says Festival Patron Bob Brown.

Of particular interest to local food gardeners might be The Fruit Hunters which follows the quest of rare fruit hunters. While it has a tropical focas this playful film is said to foster a "greater appreciation of our symbiotic relationship with fruit through culture, history, and ecology and glean a sense of our infinite biodiversity so clearly under threat by an all-consuming monoculture."

Also standing out is the beautifully shot film More Than Honey. This Oscar nominated film by Markus Imhoof examines the crisis of diminishing honey bee populations and features research on wild and domestic bees around Perth. As Australia is described as having some the last healthy bees in the world it is a particularly pertinent issue to be aware of.

The festival is hosted by Kino Cinemas. Check out the festival website here to peruse the full program and for ticketing details.
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