An unlikely David and Goliath battle between an illiterate Peruvian grandmother fighting to protect her land and the world’s largest gold producer, Máxima is an inspiring, though at times incendiary film which takes us all the way to Washington DC, where we wait to see if justice will prevail. Join us for opening night celebrations after the film.
A love letter to a mother polar bear and her cubs filmed over four years, this nature documentary connects us to life in the Arctic – then, now and as envisaged into the future – as climate change ravages this beautiful archipelago and the lives and ecosystems which depend on it.
Billed as the ‘Humans of New York’ approach to environmental documentary making, we gain a unique inside view into the opinions of everyday Americans trying to understand climate change – or not. From optimists to deniers to futurists, this film offers a lucid look at the backdrop to the ecological crisis taking place around us.
A special retrospective screening of the Academy-award nominated film by intrepid anthropologist and filmmaker Werner Herzog, which takes us to the Antarctic in search of the scientists who have fled modern life to study our planet in a bid to save it. This film screens as part of the ‘Herzog Then and Now’ screening with Herzog’s new film, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.
Be inspired by young filmmaker and environmental activist Slater Jewell-Kemker, as she follows the stories of youth activists from around the world in her debut documentary, Youth Unstoppable.
A love letter to his ‘kindred spirit’, Bruce Chatwin, Nomad sees director and explorer Werner Herzog traverse Patagonia, Wales and the Australian Outback, examining the connections between humans and their landscapes through the lens of his famed adventurer and writer friend. This film screens as part of the Herzog Then and Now screening with Herzog’s 2007 film, Encounters at the End of the World.
Gain insider knowledge on documentary filmmaking with award-winning Canadian cinematographer, writer, director, editor and composer, Grant Baldwin, This Mountain Life, The Clean Bin Project, Just Eat it: A Food Waste Story, Planet Earth. Grant will discuss his work, then delve into a range of topics, from budgeting, to generating behavioural change via impact-focused documentaries, to the secrets behind creating aerial cinematography in gruelling terrain.
Can documentaries really change our attitudes, thinking and behaviour concerning the environmental challenges we face? We ask three women producers, writers and directors behind some of Australia’s most iconic environmental, nature and impact-driven documentaries and campaigns, including Muddy Waters: Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef, Magical Land of Oz and 2040.
With 80% of France’s forests now kept for factories rather than as natural habitats, this film charts the rise of the foresters fighting back – demanding an end to the destructive forces exploiting their labour – and the forests they once loved working in.
Part-documentary, part-visual poetry, this dream-like film captures the impacts of the colonial past, decades of nuclear testing by the French in the Polynesian archipelago, and the Indigenous community’s commitment to rebuilding their lands, lives and identities.
A film essay told in vignettes both irreverent and unsettling, ETE is a dissertation on the intersections of technology, space, ecology and the mediating role of cinema.
Delving into the spiritual connection between human and mountain, this film captures an inspiring mother-daughter trek through the stunning but formidable Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, to Alaska – marking the first female duo to achieve this remarkable feat. Hear firsthand from the filmmaker, Canadian Grant Baldwin, with a special post-screening Q&A.
In 2006, a catastrophic mud tsunami erupted in East Java as a result of drilling for natural gas. Some 13 years later it still continues to flow – and is expected to do so until 2030. But what about the 60,000 people displaced by this devastating event? Meet Dian – then just six years old when the tsunami began, and now a teenager – who has spent most of her life campaigning for justice and compensation for her family and her community. A sadly familiar but incredibly inspiring story of everyday communities battling corporate power in the thick of extreme environmental exploitation.
As a Mexican family grieves the loss of their patriarch, they are also determined to farm the family land one last time. But what happens when Indigenous agricultural practices are lost, in a country which has forsaken its origins? This film will be followed by a very special panel discussion with local Indigenous Elders and leaders discussing connection to country and the importance of sharing agricultural practices across the generations.