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Environmental Film Festival 2018

A nine-day cinema showcase with a stacked program, but also a stirring, socially conscious message.
By Sarah Ward
October 08, 2018
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By Sarah Ward
October 08, 2018
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A cinema showcase that not only boasts a stacked program, but also a stirring message, the annual Environmental Film Festival is all about contemplating humanity's place in the world. From pondering mankind's impact on our natural surroundings to exploring the real cost of technological advancement, it's a socially conscious fest that designed to spark questions. Expect plenty when it hits the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Palace Westgarth across its nine-day run.

Screening from Thursday, October 11 to Friday, October 19, EFF's 2018 lineup includes everything from near post-apocalyptic visions of electronic waste courtesy of documentary Welcome to Sodom, to Birds of Prey's beautiful yet heartbreaking account of the Philippine Eagle, of which less than 700 remain today. Firmly focused on docos, many films screen with Q&A sessions, so you can get to the heart of matters such as the chemical repercussions of everyday items, the price paid for the world's reliance upon oil and the ivory trade.

For those keen for a glimpse of the planet you won't see elsewhere, Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq captures the current state of Greenland's glaciers and the Kalaallit people who've lived on the ice for millennia. Or, take a journey into The Ancient Woods — a meditative, observational highlight that burrows into an old growth forest in Lithuania and simply watches nature take its course, completely without dialogue, commentary or narration.

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