The organisers of the inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival bring 25 of the best local and international documentary films focusing on environmental issues to Cape Town including 10 movies that have never been seen in South Africa. Where: Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town When: Thursday the 27th to Monday the 31st of March
“We’ve really got something for everyone,” says Andreas Wilson-Späth of While You Were Sleeping, “Whether you’re interested in fracking or industrial hemp production, genetic engineering or climate change, the fate of the world’s bees or organic food – we’ve got a documentary film for you!”
The complete programme with screening times and information about the films, including trailers, can be found on the Festival website: www.capetownecofilmfestival.com. Online tickets can be bought via Webtickets.co.za or may be reserved by calling the Labia box office at 021 424 5927. Tickets are selling for R45, of which R5 will go towards Festival sponsor Greenpop’s tree planting efforts.
Some of the highlights include:
Gasland Part II – an explosive follow-up to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film Gasland about fracking.
Blackfish – is the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Some shocking footage and emotional interviews explore the orca’s extraordinary nature, the cruelty of captivity and the pressures on trainers of a multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. An emotionally wrenching story that challenges us to consider our relationship with nature and lack of understanding of sentient fellow mammals.
Bringing It Home – Hemp isn’t just for hippies and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. A film about industrial hemp cultivation featuring Cape Town’s own hemp expert Tony Budden of Hemporium fame.
More Than Honey – a beautiful Swiss masterpiece that compares old-fashioned beekeeping with its modern industrial counterpart.
GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do genetically modified crops affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice? Perhaps the ultimate question is: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place? Have we lost something we can’t gain back?
In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening food documentary that follows director/producer Kip Pastor on a personal journey to answer commonly asked questions about organic food.
In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition Movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to build resilience for a world without cheap fossil fuels.
Op Theefontein. The touching story of a Griqua herbalist who teaches a white woman to heal people using traditional herbal remedies. Set in the heart of the Great Karoo
The complete programme with screening times and information about the films, including trailers, can be found on the Festival website. www.capetownecofilmfestival.com. Online tickets can be bought via Webtickets.co.za or may be reserved by calling the Labia box office at 021 424 5927.
Tickets are selling for R45, of which R5 will go towards Festival sponsor Greenpop’s tree planting efforts. “Festival goers will also be able to buy ‘Tree Tickets’, which will cost R160 and each of which will allow Greenpop to plant a tree!” explains Wilson-Späth.
The Festival has been made possible through generous contributions from sponsors Reliance Compost, JoJo Tanks, Hemporium, Ballo and Earthbound wines, and is hosted in partnership with Greenpop, Exploring Consciousness, Simply Green, Green Times, Project 90 By 2030, Bicycle Cape Town, Bellovista Productions, Janet Botes, Coz it Counts and the Charter for Compassion.