WORLD FOCUS - NATURE / ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
 
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AFTER THE WILDFIRES
BY CIAN O'CLERY
(AUSTRALIA)

Australia’s fauna has a long, impressive history of surviving on the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Fire is a force that has shaped the nature of Australia. However, as this bushfire season has made brutally clear, climate change is increasing the scale and intensity of bushfires.

 

‘After the Wildfires’ charts the long-term recovery of wildlife in the aftermath of Australia’s recent catastrophic bushfires through stories of hope, human intervention and resilience. It provides an urgent message to safeguard our environment and bring about the necessary intervention required to maintain biodiversity on our planet, before it is too late.

 
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AMAZON 4.0, THE RESET BEGINS
BY ALAN TEIXEIRA
(BRAZIL)

In this short documentary film, we show that the Amazon is very close to the tipping point of the disappearance, which will impact the whole planet. But the film also focuses on solutions and how we can look for a sustainable future for the Amazon.

 
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STALKING CHERNOBYL
BY IARA LEE
(UNITED STATES)

Stalking Chernobyl examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Three decades after the world's most infamous nuclear disaster, illegal hiking adventurers (known as “stalkers”), extreme sports afficionados, artists, and tour companies have begun to explore anew the mysterious, ghostly landscape, where trees and forest animals have reclaimed land abandoned by villagers.

 

Even as survivors continue to reckon with a dishonest government’s attempts to cover up the extent of the disaster, and as humanity faces new nuclear incidents in place like Fukushima, the Chernobyl site has turned into a bizarre tourist attraction, drawing seekers with a taste for the post-apocalyptic.

 
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THE DARK SIDE OF GREEN ENERGIES
BY JEAN-LOUIS PÉREZ, GUILLAUME PITRON
(FRANCE)

Electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels... The energy transition holds the promise of a more prosperous and peaceful world, finally free of oil, pollution and shortages. But this official thesis proves to be a myth : by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are setting ourselves up for a new dependence on rare metals. Severe ecological, economic for the supply of these strategic resources have already begun. And if the “green world” that awaits us turned out to be a new nightmare?

 
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THIS MORTAL PLASTIK
BY JESS IRISH
(UNITED STATES)

A personal dive into the world’s most impersonal substance: plastics. Amid the lockdown, a bereaved mother unfolds a surprising journey within and across oceans to understand the contemporary landscape of single-use synthetics.

 

From the noble intentions behind its invention to scales of havoc it has wrought, this experimental documentary brings together art, history, science, and the everyday. Playfully crafted with hand-drawn illustrations and poetic interludes, this evocative “pause between deep time and no time” will change how you think about this ordinary “thing without thingness.”

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