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Finca 2014: cinema goes green in BA

A scene from Gianfranco Pannone’s documentary Scorie in libertá.

Is cinema able to help achieve social transformation? This is one of the premises — the focal point of debate, really — at the International Festival of Environmental Cinema (Finca, in its Spanish-language acronym). Now in its fourth edition, Finca, in the organizers’ own words, is a careful selection of movies from the main international ecological fests, all of which summon documentary-makers and environment specialists. This year’s edition will mainly focus on four topics: Food Sovereignty, Waste Disposal and Contamination, Mining and Oil, and Biodiversity and Sustainability. In the filmmakers’ and environmentalist groups’ view, two of the main concerns are corruption and impunity as the engine of environmental damage, and Finca, in line with its founders’ motto, will expose the main conflicts ignored by the general press and big media outlets.

Finca’s programming will include 20 films (features and shorts), and the world premiere of the documentary El tesoro del bosque (The Treasure in the Forest), made with the support of Argentina’s Sustainable Development Agency. In keeping with its title, this documentary deals with the wealth of natural resources and the features of the country’s ecosystem.

A parallel activity at Finca will be the photo exhibition Arte y parte del cambio (Art and Part of Change), an event organized with the Alliance Française and now in its second edition. The exhibition will feature the works shortlisted for this year’s Finca, and a series of sections focusing on specific environmental subjects. Another highlight will be the GoodPlanet Foundation’s 7 mil millones de otros (Seven Billion Others), consisting of testimonies about pressing environmental issues and sustainable development.

Programme

No Land, No Food, No Life (Canada, 2013), by Amy Miller; O veneno esta na mesa 2 (Brazil, 2014), by Sergio Tendler; Glaciar Balance (US, 2014), by Ethan Steinman; Buongiorno Taranto (Italy, 2014), by Paolo Pisanelli; Tous cobayes? (France, 2012), by Jean-Paul Jaud; Scorie in liberta (Italy, 2012), by Gianfranco Pannone; Huicholes, los últimos guardianes del peyote (Mexico, 2014), by Hernán Vilchez.

Where & When

Finca Film Festival will run from today until July 30. Espacio Incaa Gaumont (Rivadavia 1635) — tickets at 8 pesos. Bama Cine Arte (Diagonal Norte 1150) — tickets at 25 pesos; Alliance Française, (Córdoba 936) and Espacio Cultural Terranova (Humberto Primo 670) — both with free admission.

Herald staff

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