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  09.10.2019, 07:34h

3rd Green Eye, a film festival about environmental protection and nature conservation this year focusing on protecting water

The festival will be opened on Friday, 11 October 2019 at 7:30 pm, in the exhibition room of the Šibenik Museum. All films begin at 8 pm.

In recent years, ecology has been in the public eye. It is in that light that the 3rd Green Eye Festival will be held, under the slogan Nature is Watching You. This film festival is dedicated to environmental protection and nature conservation, especially flora and fauna, with the goal of raising public awareness on the ecological challenges that our civilisation faces, such as global warming, pollution and extinction of endangered species. The festival will be opened at 7:30 pm on Friday, 11 October in the gallery of the Šibenik Museum. All films begin at 8:00 pm.

Over the three days of the festival, visitors can watch three films on the topic of environmental protection, created by some of the world’s best known producers and directors, with educational panel discussions after the film, and a music and social programme in which visitors will be able to discuss the films and these important topics in a pleasant and relaxing environment.

The topic of this year’s Green Eye Festival is water. The right to drinking water is a fundamental human right, and water is one of the world’s most threatened resources. For the Public Institute of Krka National Park, which manages the waters of the Krka River, this is a topic of the utmost importance. With its tributaries, the Krka River forms a catchment basin above ground of 2450 km2, while its hydrogeological basin is even larger, covering 2650 km².

On the first day of the festival, the film is Planet Ocean by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, which includes the work of some of the leading underwater film crews, oceanographers and biologists. The film encourages us to change the way we see the ocean, and to understand that protecting and managing the ocean is a responsibility shared by all people on Earth. Planet Ocean aims to explain some of the Earth’s greatest natural mysteries, in an easy to understand way. The film speaks to youth about how a sustainable world is not only possible, but also attainable. It leaves a deep impression, through a combination of the enchanting aerial shots that Arthus-Bertrand is famous for, with underwater filming by this award-winning film crew. 

The second evening features the award-winning documentary RiverBlue, which follows Internationally renowned river activist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry. In travelling from the most cherished to the most polluted waterways on Earth, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the tragically neglected issue of water pollution. Due to the chemicals used in production and the improper handling of toxic chemical waste, the fashion industry is contributing to river pollution. Even one of our clothing cults, the beloved blue jeans, are polluting rivers around the world.

The festival will close with the film Anote's Ark, written, directed and produced by Matthieu Rytz. The Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is facing constant increases of sea levels, which are soon to swallow up the entire island. This will soon make the citizens of Kiribati the first climate change refugees in the world. Can a people survive as their nation disappears? This is one of the questions addressed by the film. And while President Anote Tong is working hard to find a solution to protect his people, many of the citizens of Kiribati are already seeking safe haven abroad. Set against the background of international climate change negotiations and the battle to have climate change recognised as a human rights issue requiring immediate resolution, Tong’s personal battle to save his people is intertwined with the fate of Sermarya, a young mother of six children who has decided to migrate with her family to New Zealand.

This story of the challenges faced by the citizens of Kiribati and their 4000-year old culture can serve as a warning for all low-lying nations on Earth.

The people of Kiribati are on the front line of climate change: their fate will soon become ours. Join us at the Green Eye Festival, learn more and educate yourself! Then we can all work together to make the changes we want to see in the world.

We look forward to seeing you there!