ECOCINEMA 2003
3rd International Environmental Film Festival
RHODES
9-14 September




 

 

SCREENING SCHEDULE FESTIVAL 2003

  Tuesday 9/09  OPENING FILM SCREENING AT THE MOVIE THEATER «RODON»
21.30' THE VOICE OF LUDMILLA, 75 min,  Gunnar Bergdahl, Sweden
This is a film about love and memories and how the Past is always present in Life. Twenty years ago there was a referendum in Sweden if there should be nuclear power or not. At the time it was an issue about life and death, future or disaster.
Today there are nuclear power plants in Sweden. In 1986 Ljudmila Ignatenko was 23 years old, very much in love with her husband Vasilij, a fireman, and five months pregnant. They lived in Pripyat, the city built around the Chernobyl nuclear plant. On the night between April 25 and 26 Vasilij was sent out. There was a fire at the nuclear plant. “Go to sleep again - I will wake you up when I get back", he said.
The Voice of Ljudmila is her story.

THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
  Wednesday 10/09
  PRESS CONFERENCES WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS
12.00 THE VOICE OF LJUDMILA Gunnar Bergdahl
 
 SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL THEATRE
10.30' Films from the competition of amateurish environmental documentaries organized the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine
13.15' THE WHISTLER’S TALE, 9min, Jean Luc Stock. Animation
Bang ! The door slams behind Tom ! Pitchforked into an unknown world where everyone has his own language, Tom wants to break the prejudice, he wants to meet the Others.
13.25'  CAUSES, 4min, Joseph Brumm, Australia 2000, Animation
A film exploring the non-existent difference between a cause and an effect.
13.30'  DESERT ISLAND, 44min, Magda Augusteijn, Netherlands
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Where once stood productive farms with grazing cows, the waves of the sea have taken over and the dust of dry sand blows. Rottumeroog, the northernmost island in the Dutch Waddenzee is slowly drifting eastward and in time, it will vanish into the channel of the 'Wester Eems'.
The documentary Desert Island outlines a portrait of the nature and the people on Rottumeroog - a desert island that will not soon be forgotten
 
14.30'   WIND AND STONE, 24min, Robert Wyatt, UK
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Wind And Stone is a nature film made on location in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, and is concerned with the geological formation of the mountains water erosion.
The beauty of the vast eroded canyons of the Blue Mountains, with their creeks and waterfalls, is contrasted with the intimate world of the brightly coloured parrots and flowering plants
 
15.00' DO ANIMALS DREAM OF THEIR CHILDHOOD? 46min, George Angeludis, Greece, 2002 
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
And if animals dream what could they be thinking as the reach the abattoir?
The story unfolds around a slaughterhouse and the film tries to answer the question whether animals can dream. Or, to pose it better, if man believes that they can dream. If man allows them to dream. If there is time to dream before they give their lives for human profit.  
15.50' OUR SON, Carlo Giuliani, 30min, Vasilis Katsikis, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The tragic events in Genoa during the G8 summit conference were sealed the death of a young demonstrator named Carlo Giuliani.
One year later the Public Prosecutor has yet to rule whether the case will be filed or whether the policeman who shot Carlo will be put on trial. One year later the documentary returns to Genoa and meets Carlo’s parents, who speak about their son.
 
16.40' LOST TESTAMENTS, 26min, Yiannis Lambrou, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
A fairy tale set in the primeval region of Thrace, and especially in Rodopi. Lost testaments, trades, that have become extinct in the 21st century.
But in Rodopi tradition lives on. Simple humble people, for whom the daily struggle for survival has transformed them into artists.
 
17.15' THE SERGUEY IVANOV MISSION, 15min, Vladimir Perrovic, Yugoslavia
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The region of Upper Visok under Stara Planina is slowly fading into extinction… Desolation and waste where once it was exuberant and lush, invite Serguey Ivanov back. Now 25, but still remembering the beautiful images of his childhood, he is on the verge of coming back. He wishes to help the transformation and revival of the region.
He is neither misunderstood nor alone: he will leave for his childhood place with his wife and their newborn son… Serguey is undoubtedly a man with a mission…
17.30' EPILOG FOR A NEW START 28min Aggeliki Ianakopoulou, Greece, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Stockbreeding in mountainous region of Arcadia is one of the last vanishing traditional professions. The scant traditional stockbreeders that remain are old and face many difficulties. Their children refuse to follow their fathers' profession and leave for the neighbouring towns or cities. But for some tradition is not lost… 
18.00' THE GIRL AND THE DANCING HORSES 15min, Dimitris Spyrou, Greece, 2002THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The festivities on the island of Lesbos last for three days. All, the emigrants have come to the island to be part of this unique feast where even the horses are trained to dance. But twelve-year-old Kamelia grieves because her father, a seaman, is absent… 
18.15' MURON, 90 min Nigol Bezjian, Lebanon, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The use of Muron in the Armenian Church began with Saint Gregory the Illuminator when he baptized the King and the royal elite as Christians at the banks of the Euphrates River in 301 AD. Muron is traditionally prepared every seven years mixing more than forty kinds of oils, roots, herbs and incense. A lengthy, detailed process follows to cook the mix and to purify the perfumed oil before transferring it to the special cauldron, which is placed on the altar for forty days before it is blessed.
The Catholics, along with the clergy and thousands of Armenians partake in a long mass of sanctification that concludes when what's left of the old Muron is combined with the new, linking it to the first, consecrated in 301 AD. In addition to baptizing, Muron is used to ordain new priests and to consecrate new churches and icons.
 
19.45' BROADWAY BLACK SEA, 78min Vitalij Manskij, Russia
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Wanderers - this is how people in Russia call those who can't afford (or just don't want?) the cheapest hotels or resorts.
The way they spend their summer time is a metaphor of Russian life in which the strongest survive (which also means the most patient and the less capricious ones).
One would also say: "Show me how you spend your leisure, and I will say who you are". Well, summer - a very short time in Russia - is also a picture of life itself
: people are born and die in the sea
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21.15' TREES 52', Sophie Bruneau-Roudil, Marc-Antoine Roudil, France
22.10' THE SPONGE DIVERS' DANCE, 60', Vassilis Vassiliadis, Greece
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
23.15' MIGHT IS RIGHT (LA RAISON PLUS FORT), 84min, Patric Jean, Belgique.
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Instead of fighting against poverty, we fight against the poor. Europe: its rich areas and its poor suburbs where “zero tolerance” is becoming widespread. Where a factory is closed, a prison is built. The poor in general and the young immigrants in particular are the subjects of all fears.
The film breaks the clichés and features them in their humaneness, in a cell in jail, in the dock or down in the basement of a settlement, with their emotions, desires, fears and despair.
Far away from a concept of European democracy where everyone would have their chance, the film – calling Belgium and France to witness – critically and emotionally depicts our society that is often sordid and violent.
 

  SCREENINSG AT THE MOVIE THEATER RODON

21.00' CUBAN RAFTERS (BALSEROS) Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domenech, Spain, 2002 
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans, and their families, beginning a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. One of the balseros (rafters) was on a raft that was not seaworthy and had to return to Havana.
The others made it far enough to be picked up at sea the U.S. Coast Guard and taken to the North American naval base at Guantanamo, where the film crew caught up with them, and recorded their many months of confinement.
Their families in Cuba had no news of them. When the balseros were finally allowed to go to the United States, the film crew went with them to a string of cities that included Miami; the Bronx; York, Pennsylvania; Grand Isle, Nebraska; Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Seven years later, the film crew visits them again, to discover what their destiny has been in the United States.
Theirs is a true story about some of the authentic survivors of our times, the human adventure of people who are shipwrecked between two worlds.
23.00' ROCKS, Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel, 9min, Germany, 2001
Hew and Kew are made of stone. Hew and Kew talk, and a chat amongst stones can take a while…
23.10'

Rabbit Proof Fence 92 min, Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002,
out of competition
This is the true story of Molly Craig, a young black Australian girl who leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from an official government camp, set up as part of an official government policy to train them as domestic workers and integrate them into white society.
With grit and determination Molly guides the girls on an epic journey, one step ahead of the authorities, over 1,500 miles of Australia's outback in search of the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home.
These three girls are part of what is referred to today as the «Stolen Generations».

 
  Thursday 11/09

   PRESS CONFERENCES WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS

10.30-13.30 WIND AND STONE, Robert Wyatt
DO ANIMALS DREAM OF THEIR CHILDHOOD? George Angeludis
OUR SON CARLO, V. Katsikis, P. Nerantzis
LOST TESTAMENTS, Yannis Lambrou
THE SERGUEY IVANOV MISSION, Vladimir Perovic
EPILOG FOR A NEW START, Ageliki Giannakopoulou
THE GIRL AND THE DANCING HORSES, Dimitris Spyrou
MURON, Nigol Bezjian
BROADWAY. BLACK SEA, Vitalij Manskij
MIGHT IS RIGHT, Patric Jean
 
   SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL THEATRE
11.00' MILLION ACRES A YEAR, 52min, Frank Rijavec, Australia
In just three decades after World War II more land was released to agriculture in South Western Australia than in the previous 130 years of white settlement. "…a million acres a year" was the catch-cry in what became one of the heaviest assaults on "virgin" land in Australian history.
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
12.00' THE BOTTOM LINE: PRIVATIZING THE WORLD 62', Carole Poliquin, Canada
 
13.00' THE KARAKORAM HIGHWAY ROAD TO GLOBALISATION, 52min, Gabriella Neuhaus, Angelo Sandeletti, Switzerland
With the construction of the 1300 kilometer long Karakoram Highway from Islamabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in China, a formerly remote mountain region got direct access to the lowlands. The new road was completed in the 1980s. It has greatly reduced travel times and has radically changed the traditional lifestyles of village communities.
Children learn English at school, they want to become doctors and engineers… Farmers plant seed potatoes and sell them to the lowlands. Forests are heavily logged – this brings good money to the mountain community – and great danger for the future.
Things are changing rapidly, although first the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Kashmir and now the war in Iraq brought back some isolation, as no foreigners visit the region anymore.
In any case, there is no way back; the Karakoram Highway is a one-way road towards globalization…
14.00' RAINDROP, WATER IS ADVENTURE, 25min, Enrique Uviedo. Animation
An animation TV series, which recounts the amusing adventures of a rain drop, the daily aspects of water’s use and its exploitation. This particular episode (The Treasures of the Sea) looks at marine life, the food chain and the use of the sea as a dumping ground for radioactive waste.
14.35' SCRAP HEAP (DECHETTERIEL), 4min, Paul Dopff. Animation
In a scrap heap a user develops bad habits and lacks the sense of duty, but one day…
14.40' ELIA KALLISTEFANOS, 18min, Nikoletta Gouli, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Hercules brought wild olive from the land of the perennial and blissful people of the Far North. He planted it at the Olympia altar, near the temple of Zeus. Then he founded the Games, setting his five brothers to compete against each other in sprinting and he crowned the winner with an olive branch.
Olive was eaten and oil was used as an ointment to rub the sun-exposed bodies of the athletes with. The olive branch was used to crown the Olympic Games winners. It became a peace symbol in the hands of the peacemakers and in the beaks of the pigeons.
The remote past and our memories are lit an oil lantern. Some athletes still rub their bodies with oil…
 
15.05' TONG TANA-THE LOST PARADISE, 72 min, Jan Roed, Erik Pauser, Bjorn Cederberg, Sweden
One man's unstoppable fight against the ecological devastation of Borneo's rain forest.
16.20' APE HUNTERS, 58min, Jeremy Bristow, UK-Cameroon
In Central Africa the great apes, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobo’s are being hunted and eaten towards extinction. To many people, especially in the rich industrialised societies of the northern hemisphere, the idea that this is happening to our closest genetic relatives is shocking and incomprehensible. It was in some ways too shocking…
17.20' COCKROACH COCKTAIL, 67min Brigitte Krause, 2002.
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Step into a world, which you used to step on! “Cockroach”, “water-bug”, “la cucaracha”, “periplaneta americana” – do these names make you shiver with horror? But as we explore the depth of “the world of cockroaches”, scientists introduce us to the smaller, more intimate details of their world, and show us just how smart these brown and wizened old souls are.
Finally an American bug lover in Dallas introduces his “Cockroach Hall of Fame” and at the Purdue-University a cockroach race starts.
Perhaps we will start to feel a deeper appreciation of just who the cockroach really is.
 
18.35' DIVERS ON THE BLUE, 75min Dimitis Anagnostopoulos, Greece, 2002
On the day when the sponge divers’ boats set out to the sea, even today, the women in Kalymnos, mothers and sisters, put on a black kerchief which they keep on till the day of their men’s return – six months later.
The men work in the sea, having danger and courage as their constant companions, while the women, proud and strong, have learnt to live in anxiety and loneliness. Every year until 1970 approximately 20 men returned paralyzed or did not come back at all, breathing their last on the desert African shores.
Since 1986 Mediterranean sponges have been decimated due to a combination of factors that have allowed bacteria to multiply and expand ...

THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
19.50' ET IN ARCADIA EGO, 62min, Alekos Papailiou, Greece, 2002-3
The film is a journey, a return to Arcadia.Childhood memories awaken along the way and mingle with the ordinary people, the myths and the history of the place.
It is a passage from one situation to another, and not a local itinerary. Man, God and beast, life, death and love.
And all around Nature speaks, as do the mythologies, the romantic poets, the ordinary people, the changing seasons. Everything speaks.

THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
21.05' LAGOS / KOOLHAAS, 55min Bretje van der Haak, Netherlands/Nigeria, 2002
The documentary Lagos/Koolhaas follows Rem Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years. Using small digital cameras, the filmmaker documented Koolhaas documenting Lagos and tried to grasp and convey a sense of the new urban life that is being invented here. Lagos/Koolhaas is one –schizophrenic - version of the story, 55 minutes cut out of 55 hours of rough material.
22.00' CRY FOR ARGENTINA, 48min, Angus Macqueen, Argentina UK
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Once the darling of the International Monetary community, Argentina opened up her markets to outside investors, her financial systems to international banks and privatized everything in the 1990s – but when recession hit, Argentina could not compete in the global market.
And the collapse began. Following the run on the banks, the Government defaulted on $141 billion of debt
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The film captures the extraordinary social movement sweeping the country: the Barter Club where a pre-capitalist market system now operates for over a fifth of the population of Argentina.
 
23.00' LUSTRE, 81min Art Jones, USA, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Hugo says New York’s losing its soul. Says faceless buildings and vacant people are chipping away at what’s left of the real, the old-time New York. The way he sees it, even a Second Coming couldn’t save the place.
But that’s not all he’s seeing. Hugo is beginning to have trouble distinguishing what’s real and what’s illusion. day, strange visions interrupt his rounds as a loan shark. night, voices visit from a dark past.
He tries to ignore it all, yet the signs and apparitions intensify, until they can no longer be denied.
Is he going crazy, just another crackpot roaming the city? Or is he an unlikely holy man rising from the streets? Or maybe Hugo is just a down-on-his-luck tough guy - forced to see himself and life with new eyes.
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  SCREENINSG AT THE MOVIE THEATER RODON

21.00' WINDOW OF THE SOUL (JANELA D’ALMA), 73min, Joao Jardim, Brazil, 2002THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
In the documentary Window of the Soul, 19 people from different parts of the world with different degrees of visual impairment, speak of how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the world. People like the Nobel prize winner Jose Saramago, the director Wim Wenders, the blind French Slovak photographer Evgen Bavcar, the neurologist Oliver Sacks, or the blind councilor from Minas Gerais, Arnaldo Godoy, make personal and unexpected revelations about a number of issues relating to sight: the physiological working of the eye, the use of glasses and their effect on the personality, the meaning of seeing or not seeing in a world saturated with images, and also the importance of the emotions as a transforming element of reality – whether it really is the same for everybody. Window of the Soul results in an emotive reflection on the act of “seeing” – or not seeing – the world Walter Carvalho  
23.00' MUSIC FOR AN OWL, 11min, Ties Poeth, Netherlands, 1999 animation
An animated film sketching a striking picture of the animal life in an old Gothic church, which is gradually being restored during the film. As the restoration progresses, the seasons pass and the animal life in and around the church changes. The film focuses on the story of an owl and her two young. The film closes on the festive opening of the church.
23.15' ALEXEI AND THE SPRING, 104 min, Motohash Seiichi, Japan 2002,
out of competition
The nuclear power plant in Chernobyl exploded before dawn on April 26, 1986, and the Republic of Belarus incurred serious damages caused wind-borne radioactive substances. The highly contaminated southeastern region became a forced evacuation zone, and the villages were deleted from the map. Budische is one of these abandoned villages. The village today has only 23 homes and 56 residents (most over sixty years old). The village spring emerges from a sunken area at the center of the village, rainwater that has circulated underground for one hundred years.
This crystal-clear water, which escaped contamination from the nuclear accident, quenches people's thirst and supports life in the village. Handmade crosses and icons stand beside the spring as offerings.
The villagers believe that God resides near water. The spring plays the role of the village church. Thirty-four-year-old Alexei is the only youth that remained behind in Budische.
His leisurely pace - due in part to the aftereffects of a childhood illness - matches the flow of time in the village. A gentle-hearted young man who loves animals and nature, Alexei is called on the elderly villagers to help them with heavy physical work, and to operate the combine.
In summer, the villagers repair the wood frame around the spring, a work they perform once every few years hand. As the average age of the five people undertaking the repair work is over seventy, it is a time-consuming process, but they perform it dexterously without the aid of modern machinery
 
   Friday 12/09  SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL CINEMA
  PRESS CONFERENCES WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS
10.30-13.30 «A MILLION ACRES A YEAR» Frank Rijavec
THE SPONGE DIVERS' DANCE Vassilis Vassiliadis
THE KARAKORAM HIGHWAY. ROAD TO GLOBALISATION G. Neuhaus
ELAIA KALLISTEFANOS Nicoletta Gouli
COCKROACH COCKTAIL Brigitte Krause
DIVERS OF THE BLUE Demetres Anagnostopoulos
ÅÔ IN ARCADIA EGO Alexandros Papaeliou
LAGOS/KOOLHAAS Bregtje van der Haak
 
  SPECIAL EVENTS (PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM)
18.00' ROUND TABLE: WATER
Water as a source of life, ecological equilibrium and artistic inspiration
Panelists:
MICHALIS MODINOS, President of the National Environment & Development Centre
SPYROS VOUGIAS, member of Greek Parliament
STERGIOS VARVAROUSSIS, Å.U. official
 
  TRIBUTE TO THOMAS SCHULTZE WESTRUM
12.30' GREEN DESERT (OMAN), 45 min, ZDF
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
In Greece, hardly any government department is responsible for or dealing with the drastic year-by-year reduction of water resources. The desert is spreading and all the population is suffering more and more from droughts and increasing heat.
The Sultanate of Oman is a traditional desert country and the people there have learned to wisely manage their water resources.
This film presents the natural cycle of water in Oman and the marvelous ancient techniques of underground water channels (aflaj) and irrigation as a demonstration of how the desert people manage their water resources wisely and effectively. It was distributed the Television Trust for the Environment to more than 44 developing countries.
 
  OFFICIAL PROGRAMME SCREENINGS
13.15' THE BATTLE OF GANGES, 52min, Daniel Whistler India, UK, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The documentary paints an intimate picture of the extraordinary river Ganges in crisis and the plans that could save it. Mother Ganges is a goddess of purity. But she has become a river poisoned – sewage.
In three thousand year old Benares, the most celebrated religious city in India, the bacteria giving waterborne diseases, are now hundreds of times above the safe limit.
Sewage is even back-flowing into the streets! But a fighter has come forward who bridges East and West. He has dedicated his life in saving the “Mother” with a unique campaign
 
14.15' STORIES FROM SEVENTH FIRE, 27min, Gregory Coyes, Canada, 2002. Animation
A magical children’s series that combines 3D digital animation, live action and remarkable 2D animated versions of Cree painter-shaman Norval Morriseau’s vibrant myth paintings.
14.45' ARE THERE ANY LIONS IN GREECE, 56min Irina Boiko, Greece, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
"Are there any lions in Greece?" asks the protagonist of Anton Checkhov's The Wedding and the answer he gets became a maxim in Russia: "In Greece you can find anything!"
These last years thousands of people from the former Soviet Union decided to discover whether the maxim is true. In search for their "lions" they went through a lot. Will they ever find them?
 
15.45' RETURNING HOME, 45’min Andy Abrahams Wilson, Canada, 2003
The body is our home, as is the larger body of the earth. When these two bodies move in harmony, a dance unfolds. Both are made whole.
Returning Home is a visually stunning dance documentary in which Anna Halprin, an early pioneer of post-modern dance, uses movement as a means of connecting the individual to nature.
16.30' A STOP ON THEIR JOURNEY, 19’45’’min, Aris Vitalis, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Gialova lagoon lies on the southernmost edge of the Balkans. This piece of land and water is a resting spot for the migrating birds. The different species of birds that pass this place - there are 265 ones registered so far and some of them are becoming extinct - will be accommodated, some for a while and others for a longer period of time.
Some of them will just stay for the winter, others will remain and build their nests during the fertile springtime and still others, the tired travelers to and from Africa, will rest a spell on the wetland before they resume their hard journey.
16.50' HEROES SQUARE, 26min, Theodore Kalessis, Greece, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM

Fire and cold are two elements of nature that combine erotically. This erotic relation influences the every day life of the city of Florina and the mentality of the citizens. The change of seasons in Florina is not only perceived its trees but its people too An ancient custom is still alive in the region During the nights of winter solstice, fires are lit in every neighbourhood.
The film studies one of these neighbourhoods, Heroes’ Square. It describes the preparation of the fire and also presents all the heroes of the square.
 
17.10' Tata, 52min, Boris van Gils and Lucille Reyboz, Belgium, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Everything is beautiful in Tata. And why not? To show the miserable face of Africa? Yes, but Africa is mother to every man. She has still a lot to teach us.
A film based on the unpredictable meeting and the consequent friendship of a young European photographer with the wise Tamberma people in Togo. Adopted as the chief’s third daughter, Lulu invites us to the skilled construction of her “Tempe”, her house over there…
 
18.00' HYGROCOSMOS, 45' 28" Yiorgos Filipeos, Greece, 2003
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The film starts with the miracle of creation through a drop of water. Initially, unformed, organisms are replaced more complete life forms. Sea animals, others clinging firmly to the seabed and others wandering through the water maze, which are the distant ancestors of the silent underwater world.
The crustaceans take the place of sponges and the fish take the place of mollusks. The sea food chain concludes at the sea mammals.
The dolphins. Man participates as an observer and researcher, trying, for the past 2,500 years, to comprehend the marvelous secret of evolution.
Aristotle compares the emersion of the dolphins to that of the divers. How little has our own evolution progressed?
19.05' MOTHERS OF LIFE, 74min, An. Lapsui Markku Lehmuskallio, Finland, 2002
The film tells us about the destinies of Njubitja Yaptik’s nomadic family in the Yamal Peninsula in eastern Siberia. In the beginning of the film Njubitja, the father of the family, tells a legend of a manslaughter committed an ancestor. He had to flee to the sea with his family in a closed boat.
After drifting for some time, they came ashore in the area where their descendants still live. From the forefather we proceed to the harsh realities of today.
The shadow of the evil deed haunts the family, which, little little, falls apart and loses all its possessions, including all the reindeers. Mothers of Life is a film about a mother and a daughter, Mjusena and Tatyana, two strong women who wander from one hut to another, from people to people, searching for their rightful place. Finally Tatyana, the daughter, ends up working at a state-owned farm. Mjusena, the mother, follows her.
They are no longer independent; they have become servants.
20.20' LIKE FOSSILS, 52 min Luca Pastore, Italy, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The most impressive textile factory region in Italy is now an astonishing concentration of empty buildings and abandoned industrial structures. Having only fortuitously escaped demolition, shunned recent urban development and removed from collective memory, these architectonic wrecks blend into the landscape like fossils crystallized in time.
Architecture and memories are brought to the screen with an exciting visual style.
This film is a stimulating attempt to find a solution between erasing the traces of the past and keeping alive the efforts of the generation who dedicated their lives to a better future through hard labour.
21.15' WOMEN OF THE BANANA GROVES (LES FEMMES DES BANANERAIES), 52 min, Luis Miranda, France, 2002
Through the portraits of five women, we discover the weight of the past, the harsh reality of life in the Banana plantations in Costa Rica with their promiscuous living conditions, the lack of medical care, violence in the families and the slow degradation due to poison.
We see them in their daily lives and at the monthly meetings of the association they have founded to defend their rights against the fruit companies.
These moving, sincere and discreet portraits also shed light on the status of women in developing countries.
23.00' THE BATHS OF THIS OF FLOATING WORLD (PLAISIR D’EAU), Malek Bensmail, France 2002
At a time when more and more spa treatment centers and balneotherapy institutes are springing up all over the world, and lathering, oiling, massaging and perfuming every inch of your body is all the rage, this documentary takes a look at the world of public baths and the people who frequent them, exploring four great bathing traditions in different parts of the world – the Hungarian thermal baths, the Turkish hammam, the Finnish sauna and the Japanese onsen (hot springs) and sento (bath-house).
In all of these countries, bathing has become an art, an integral part of the local lifestyle – and one of life’s chief pleasures.

  SCREENINSG AT THE MOVIE THEATER RODON

21.00' RIVERS AND TIDES, 90min, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany-UK, 2001
This film deals with universal subjects: with time, the cycle of life, the relationship between the human species and nature, the wonders of life, the amazement they cause and the power of that which is bigger than our mind. Starting point for this voyage of exploration is the exceptional art of Andy Goldsworthy who lives in Scotland and works in the United Kingdom and all over the world. His work is no means abstracted or difficult to understand.
In the observer the work activates hidden childhood memories and sets free impulses of playfulness and curiosity.
23.00' WINDOW OF THE SOUL 73', Brazil, Joao Jardim, Walter Carvalho
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
 
   Saturday 13/09  SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL CINEMA
   PRESS CONFERENCES WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS
11.30-13.30 THE BATTLE OF THE GANGES Daniel Whistler
ARE THERE ANY LIONS IN GREECE? Irina Boiko
GIALOVA-A STOP IN THEIR JOURNEY Aris Vitalis
HEROES SQUARE Theodoros Kalessis
TATA Boris van Gils, Lucille Reyboz
HYGROCOSMOS Yorgos Filipeos
LIKE FOSSILS Luca Pastore
 
   SPECIAL EVENTS (PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM)
13.00-13.30 Announcement of the collaboration between the GREEK FILM CENTRE, the HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION (ÅRÔ) and the ECOCINEMA FESTIVAL for the commissioning of a film of ecological content
 
  TRIÂUTE TO THOMAS SCHULTZE WESTRUM
12.15' RIVER GOD ACHELOOS, 52min, 1992, ARTE
A portrait of the first river god in ancient Greece, the mighty Acheloos, and the madness of modern planners to destroy its power and course and to convert its waters to the plains of thirsty Thessalia.
The film and the statements of local people are an outcry of frustration and protest against the totally senseless destruction of the river landscape of Acheloos, not only against the diversion to Thessalia but even more against the construction of several dams – in view of the rapidly disappearing water resources. This film was never shown on Greek TV – out of purely political reasons.
13.15' ODYSSEY FOR A SEAL, 43 min, 1993, ARTE
The first film ever about the rarest seal in the world and about my proposal to set up a marine park for the monk seal and other rare fauna (Audouin’s Gull, Eleonora’s Falcon) and cultural monuments in the outer Northern Sporades, in close collaboration with the coastal fishermen of Alonnisos.
The film was instrumental in setting up the marine park Alonnisos Northern Sporades; it was a documentation as well as a political pressure tool- and a convincing demonstration of the essential integration of the local people.
How well this strategy worked can be seen when comparing the unfortunate events in the marine park of Zakynthos with the success story of Northern Sporades.
20.00' WAIGEO-ISLAND OF THE SORCERERS 55'
 
  OFFICIAL PROGRAMME SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL THEATRE
14.00' KNOR 110 KILOS IN 25 WEEKS, 48min, M.Detmers Netherlands
For centuries, pigs had close ties to man. In the past decades, the existence of pigs has largely been kept hidden. We don’t see them any more.
When we are confronted with pigs, it is at the butcher’s or on the shelves in the supermarket. Neatly divided into servings and packaged in cellophane. Up to that point, pigs are carefully kept out of sight.
The documentary gives a detailed picture of the life of the pig. A life governed as much growth as possible in as short a time as possible
14.50' DECONSTRUCTING SUPPER, 48 min, Marianne Kaplan, Canada, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Food is powerful. It brings people together. Regardless of who we are, we all want our food to be safe, healthy, abundant and tasty. Deconstructing Supper shows that we need to become active if we want to ensure that we have a choice in the food we eat.
One of the easiest ways to do so is to support local and organic farmers wherever possible. Starting with a gourmet meal in his five-star Vancouver restaurant, Chef John Bishop travels the world on a long journey to unravel fact from fiction and information from disinformation.
15.40' SOLAR HOUSES, 30min, Vasso Kannelopoulou, Agelos Kovotsos, Panos Kekas, Greece, 2002 -3
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
What could there be in common between a traditional house in Crete, the urban architecture of the Hedebygade complex in Copenhagen and a house with planted roofs near Salonica? Reflectors which trap the light of the sun, tiles which produce electricity from the sun, pioneering heating and cooling systems… Constructions born out of collaboration between specialists and residents, and out of the knowledge that conventional buildings produce around 40 million tons of CO2, contributing to climatic change and the extreme climatic phenomena which accompany it.
The documentary Solar Houses brings to the attention of a wider public these interesting solutions, which give practical application to the principle that “reduction of climatic change can be carried out even from within our own homes”.
16.15' LAST PEASANTS, 52min, Angus McQueen
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Set in a small village in the remote north of Romania, these are stories of peasants who are rejecting their centuries old way of life to clean the toilets or dig the gardens of the affluent peoples of Western Europe.
Shot over 18 months the films show a community being torn apart the desire to leave and then transformed those returning with dollars and the taste for concrete houses, running water and leather sofas.
Telling intimate stories within families, the films tell of people trying to leave, leaving and then succeeding or failing when they arrive; they tell of the personal emotional cost of their desire for a better life and aim to take the viewer behind the rhetorical headlines about immigration that fill our newspapers.
17.15' THINGS,  Harri Larjosto, 1min, Finland, 2001
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Things are filling our daily environment. Some of those are needed, some not. And we know, in the ecological sense, how we should think about useless things.
My video comes from my observation: more things and ownership are affecting one’s behaviour and even more.
Things begin to determinate and rule…
17.16' two years later (2 ans apres), AGNES VARDA, 63min, ÃÁËËÉÁ, 2002
This documentary relates what happened after the release of The Gleaners and I, the film that was French Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2000. Two Years Later shows what became of those encountered and filmed in 2000. The after effects of the film.
The letters received Agnes and how she reacted to them. New encounters featuring special gleaners
And also, heart-shaped potatoes
18.20' CATCHING OUT, 80min Sarah George, USA
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
In the documentary film Catching Out, several contemporary hobos embrace an American tradition traveling for free on freight trains.
The film features a seasoned eco-activist named Lee, a young nomad named Jessica, and a tramp couple known as Switch and BaGirl.
In three interwoven stories, Catching Out follows these trainhoppers as they navigate between the constraints of society and the freedom of the road.
19.50' BIRD, 10min, Harri Larjosto, Finland, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
This documentary originated from a simple event. Currant bushes are covered in a garden with a protection net they sell in garden shops. But unfortunately this type of net also acts as a trap for birds. The threads of the net were too thin and smooth. Instead of covering bushes it also catches birds!
20.55' 1 GIANT LEAP 76', UK, Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
22.00'   AWARDS CEREMONY
22.30'   FILM MUSIC CONCERT WITH THE ITALIAN ENSEMBLE NINO ROTA
 
 SCREENINGS AT THE MOVIE THEATRE RODON
20.55' THE VOICE OF LJUDMILA 75', Sweden, Gunnar Bergdahl
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
23.00 THE GIRL FROM PARIS 102', France, Christian Carion
out of competition
 
  Sunday 14/09
   PRESS CONFERENCES WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS
10.30-11.30 DECONSTRUCTING SUPPER Marianne Kaplan
SOLAR HOUSES Vasso Kanellopoulou, Angelos Kovotsos, Panos Kekas
THINGS Harri Larjosto
CATCHING OUT Sarah George
BIRD Harri Larjosto
 
  SPECIAL EVENTS (PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM)
11.00' The making of 1 GIANT LEAP presented its creators Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto
 
  INFORMATION SECTION SCREENINGS AT THE MUNICIPAL CINEMA
10.00' SEA, SPRING OF LIFE FOR LEBANON, 30min, Ioanna Spyropoulou, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
Using Lebanon as an example the film presents the current problems of the Mediterranean south and seeks viable solutions for the conservation of its natural and cultural resources.
10.30' THE BLACK TIDE (LA MAREA NERA), 39min, Stefan Lorenzi Teresa Paoli, Italy, 2003
An account of the accident involving the “Prestige”, the petrol tanker which sank near the coasts of Galicia on the 13th of November 2002, which caused the leakage of 125 tons of crude oil per day
11.10'

SALT AND SALINAS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 14min, Hjalmar Dahm, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
A voyage into the Mediterranean “world of salt”, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.

11.25'

DANCING THE MOTION, 30min, Dimitris Pettas, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The ethereal motion of the fish sole, that caresses the seabed. The exploratory mood of the octopus. The absolute, slow motion of the overturned starfish. The dance of the anemone with the stream. Motion or dance?

11.40'

TERMITES ATTACK, 52 min, Thierry Berrod, France, 2000
If the European and American termites are true enemies to man, in Africa and Australia they can be doctors, fortunetellers, musicians, architects, gold seekers and even sandwiches!

12.35'

GARY SNYDER  ECOLOGY & POETRY, 58min, Thanasis Papathanasiou, Greece, 2000
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
A documentary about Gary Snyder’s recent visit in Greece. A poet with many distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a professor of the University of California Davis and one of the “Last Beatniks” talks about issues of his concern and recites his poetry.

13.35'

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FRESH WATER
Water Is Now a Human Right•Water For All•Fresh Thinking-India•Fresh Thinking-Kenya

13.45'

45 threats on the maculinea (MENACES SUR LE MACULINEA), 26min, Alain Monclin, France, 2002
The lifecycle of the Maculinea butterfly, involving other partner-species, illustrates why conservation biology is so important and why it is essential to preserve ecosystems in their entirety

14.15'

BREGGIA PARK (IL PARCO DELLA BREGGIA), 26min, Tony Flaadt, Switzerland, 2000
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
The Breggia Park, located in the heart of the densely urbanized Mendrisiotto region, is a site of great scientific, cultural and recreational interest.

14.45'

#001 Gaetan Maussaut, 30 min, Belgium, 2001
A series of stills, one minute each. A succession of places, a region: South Belgium.

15.15'

YIALOVA LAGOON, 28min, Nikos Stathoyianopoulos, Greece, 2002
THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
A natural world, that has molded man and been molded him through the ages, and is no awaiting our appreciation and act of conservation.

15.45'

STORK STORIES IN THE NETHERLANDS (Ooievaars Natuurlijk), 26 min, Jan van den Ende, Netherlands, 2002THE DIRECTOR WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM
After the alarming disappearance of storks around 1970, the Dutch Society for the Protection of Birds instigated a re-introduction programme, which succeeded with enormous support from volunteers.

16.15'

FAREWELL, 80min, Yun Hwang, Korea, 2002
The story of one winter with wild animals that lost their home…

17.35'

CAN WE LIVE HERE? (POURONS VIVRE ICI?), 57min, Stephan Dampiere, France, 2002
A mission of French experts is trying to “rehabilitate life” in the small agricultural village of Olmany, 150 miles from Chernobyl.

18.35'

THE LAST WHISTLE OF THE GUANCHE, 54min, Petteri Saario, Finland, 2000
The Canary Islands have seen many invaders: the native inhabitants, the guanches, then the Arabs, Portuguese and Spaniards.
However, no one has left such traces as the present invaders: the tourists.
 

 SCREEININGS AT THE MOVIE THETRE RODON
21.00 RIVERS AND TIDES 91', Germany/UK, Ôhomas Riedelsheimer
   
Registration: Municipal Theater, Tel. Eleftherias Square
Press Conferences-Round Tables: Town Hall
 
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