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Climate. Culture. Change Film Series

alt April, May, June 2012 | Filmbase | Dublin

Provocative films and discussions highlighting the social dimension of climate change in the lead-up to Rio +20. 

Designed to challenge, illuminate and inspire, the series presents a panorama of interconnections from the causes of climate change to the roles of individuals and societies in addressing the issues. The films and speakers in Climate. Culture. Change are from six European countries giving an international perspective on the issues around climate change. Cultivate’s Davie Philip will facilitate the discussion after each screening with film makers, activists and scientists.

Schedule - Detail Below

All Films:    Tuesday at 7.00pm
Filmbase | Curved Street | Temple Bar

Tickets / RSVP

Free tickets must be booked using this email form.  You may request 4 tickets per film.  Bookings are not final until you receive confirmation.  Attendees must arrive before 6.45pm to guarantee their seat allocation.  Please book only those tickets you require and will actually use and notify us should you have any change of plans.  

RIO +20

This series builds momentum in Ireland to the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  See

This is a collaborative project involving:

Cultivate, providing access to the knowledge and tools to cultivate sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities.

EUNIC Ireland, a network of European cultural institutes involved in a range of activities including promoting inter-cultural dialogue, providing educational opportunities, hosting exhibitions, lectures, movies, music events and more.

EUNIC Ireland members involved in this event are: Goethe-Institut, British Council, Austrian Embassy, Alliance Française, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. With additional support from the European Commission Representation in Ireland.


The films

altOpening Night | 17 April • 7pm

An evening of short films and conversation with Michael Greif, the curator of Climate. Culture. Change from Germany, and Jim Kitchen, Northern Ireland sustainability expert and visiting professor at the University of Ulster. Hosted by Davie Philip of Cultivate.

The evening will explore the need to change our values and our way of life in the face of climate change, using a number of shorts and clips from the documentaries in the series. We will also look at the power of film as an important tool for getting the message across to the general public.

Michael Greif is head of the Hamburg Office of ECOMOVE International. ECOMOVE support, promote and distribute media on the environment and sustainable development.

Jim Kitchen was formally the Northern Ireland Director of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, working with government ministers, advisers and officials to embed sustainability in government policy.  He currently works with the Soil Association, managing a new project to develop sustainable food communities in Northern Ireland.

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altBirdwatchers | 01 May • 7pm

La terra degli uomini rossi 
Italy / Brasil 2008
Marco Bechis. 108 min

In the southern region of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the most populous indigenous nation of the country silently struggles for its territory. Thousands of hectares of sugarcane have been planted on their land by multinational companies that, in cooperation with the Brazilian government, promote ethanol to the world as an environmentally friendly and “clean” fuel. When a tribe of Guarani Indians attempt to re-inhabit their ancestral land, tensions escalate.

Panel discussion with:

Peadar Kirby is Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick. In the early 1980s he was Irish Times correspondent on Latin America.

Colette Spears is the former coordinator of LASC where she worked on Guarani Kaiowá land rights. She has previously worked in Brazil on the issue of housing and land occupation and is currently working with the Irish Traveller Movement.

Barbara Tomasella, MA Responsible Tourism, is managing director of Sustainable Tourism Ireland.

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altAbout Water | 15 May • 7pm

Über Wasser
Austria / Luxemburg 2007
Udo Maurer. 82 min

This dizzyingly fresh look at the world’s most common element offers up unforgettable portraits of humanity’s precarious, dependent relationship with water from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Nairobi. The people and images poetically remind us that the most abundant element sustains and threatens us all in equal measure.

Panel discussion with:

Director Udo Maurer has filmed and directed a number of documentaries for ORF, Spiegel TV and Discovery Channel.

Sinead O'Brien is the network coordinator of Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), a coalition of 24 of Ireland’s leading environmental organisations working together in a coordinated way on water issues.

Dom Hunt is the Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor at CONCERN Worldwide who has seen firsthand the impact climate change has on developing countries such as Bangladesh.

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altBefore the Flood: Tuvalu | 29 May • 7pm

UK / France 2004
Paul Lindsay. 62 min

Tuvalu, an island in the Pacific Ocean, may seem like paradise, but it will sink beneath the waves within a few decades as a result of climate change. This film describes the impact of the modern Western lifestyle in a thoughtful and melancholic way, while pointing out the challenge of forgoing short-term consumption for the benefit of increased long-term quality of life, even when the terrible consequences are literally on their front doorstep.

Panel discussion with:

Gavin Harte is the Corporate Responsibility Consultant at Business in the Community Ireland, a movement of companies committed to responsible business practices. He is an active participant of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition.

Dr Emmanuel Reynaud is founder of Adéquation et Developpement, a non-profit organisation dedicated mainly to the transfer of scientific equipment and know-how to local organisations in developing countries allowing these to gain access to resources needed to address local problems.

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altPeople - Dreams - Actions | 05 June • 7pm

Menschen – Träume – Taten
Germany 2007
Andreas Stiglmayr. 90 min

A documentary about a small ecovillage established in the East German countryside in the 1990s. A group of around 120 people set up “Sieben Linden”, an autonomous eco-settlement that satisfies all of their needs in harmony with nature. During the process, they are confronted with organisational, financial and, above all, social difficulties. Finding the balance between individual wants and group needs often requires tough decisions.

Panel discussion with:

Michael Würfel is a Sieben Linden ecovillage resident, filmmaker and author of a new book on Sieben Linden.

Trish Kinsella is a Cloughjordan ecovillage member who has worked extensively on the ongoing design and operation of the project.

Jonathan Dawson is the author of Ecovillages - New Frontiers of Sustainability, and Head of Economics at Schumacher College. He was until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and is a former coordinator of GEN-Europe and President of GEN (the Global Ecovillage Network).

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altJust Do It | 12 June • 7pm

UK 2011
Emily James. 88min

‘Just Do It’ lifts the lid on climate activism and tells the story of people standing up for what they believe in. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows a group of environmental activists as they blockade factories, occupy coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. Articulate, funny and engaging, the ensemble cast care passionately about the environment on a global level, but work locally, with courage, determination and manners to take a stand.

Panel discussion with:

Christopher Hird is one of the leading figures in UK documentaries. A former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the founder chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation and a trustee of the Grierson Trust, he is the founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films. Dartmouth concentrates on making independent documentaries, pioneering new ways of funding and distributing them and encouraging new and emerging talent in the industry. Among his recent credits as executive producer are The End of the Line (2009) and The Flaw (2011), both of which were shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The End of the Line, which told the story of the threat to the world’s fish supply, recently won the €50,000 Puma award for social impact. His other productions include: Planeat (2011), the story of three men’s search for the diet which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet; The War You Don’t See (2010), John Pilger’s investigation into the media coverage of war from the First World War to the present day and Emily James’s Just Do It (2011), which documents a year in the life of Britain’s climate change activists. This year’s releases include Cocaine Unwrapped, directed by Rachel Seifert, How To Re-establish a Vodka Empire, made by Dan Edlestyn, which premiered last year at the BFI London Film Festival, and McCullin, directed by Jacqui Morris, about the war photographer Don McCullin.

Molly Walsh is Policy and Campaigns Manager with Friends of the Earth Ireland, is active in Stop Climate Chaos and has been involved in direct action.

Barry McCarron was selected as one of 15 Irish climate advocates in a British Council programme called Challenge Europe in 2010. He was also part of the youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban in 2011.

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