If you stand up for human rights, sooner or later you cannot avoid the climate crisis. This year, we are therefore once again showing films about the status quo of our planet, the unjust distribution of the consequences of climate destruction - and the hope for a better future.
DEAR FUTURE CHILDREN
Franz Böhm | DE | 2021 | 89 min | English, Spanish, Cantonese, Luganda
"I don't think I can return to my old life anymore. You took up these responsibilities and you can't really go back. They seem radical, courageous, and visionary - the three young Frontline activists are giving up a lot for a better future. Pepper wants to see her children grow up in a free Hong Kong. Hilda founded Fridays for Future in desperately poor Uganda. And Rayen demands that the government of wealthy Chile provides for its people. To do so, they put up with street fighting, tear gas, and rubber bullets. A film like a war report. And a plea for political commitment under all circumstances. What adults cannot do, children are now taking into their own hands.
DREAM ON! YEARNING FOR CHANGE
Valentin Thurn | DE | 2021 | 98 min | German
Five people who could hardly be more different: designer Van Bo Le-Mentzel calls for rent-free living for everyone and shows how it can be done with tiny houses. Inventor Carl-Heinrich von Gablenz wants to float heavy loads in balloons, even though his idea has already gone bankrupt once. Line Fuks emigrates body and soul to Portugal so that her children will only learn what they want. Action artist Joy Lohmann builds floating islands – out of garbage! And Günther Golob hopes for a journey of no return: as a member of the first colonization mission to Mars. They are united by their search for alternatives – for themselves and society.
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Pernille Rose Grønkjær | DK | 2021 | 110 min | English
A group of the world’s leading scientists and entrepreneurs isolate themselves for ten days at the renowned Santa Fe Institute, hidden in the New Mexican desert. They come from all corners of science representing the environment, economy, democracy, cyberspace, education, institutions and artificial technology. They want to secure the future of humanity by creating a new and optimistic pathway to the future.
THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER
Raj Patel, Zak Piper | MW | 2021 | 76 min | English
Anita Chitaya is a fighter: she can get men to stand up for equality and knows how to grow food even on dead soil. But to fight hunger in her native Malawi and secure people's livelihoods, she faces her biggest challenge: convincing the USA that climate change is real. On her journey from Malawi to California to the White House, she experiences racial and gender inequality firsthand, meets climate skeptics and desperate farmers.
THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND
Briar March | NZ, DE | 2010 | 80 min | English
Three people on a unique Pacific Island face the devastating effects of climate change. As an enormous flood threatens to engulf their paradise, who will decide to flee and leave their culture behind forever?
Jonathan Happ, Katja Becker | DE | 2019 | 58 min | Deutsch
International chemical companies sell highly toxic agrochemicals in Kenya, that have long been banned in Europe because their ingredients cause cancer. Nonetheless, in Kenya these toxic chemicals are sold all over the country without any regulations. Small scale farmers believe the companies’ promises of better and safer harvests. Many already depend on hybrid seeds. Old and resistant seed varieties that could also withstand climate change are being displaced, and chemicals are poisoning people and the environment. Alternative farming methods in East Africa show that it no longer needs chemicals and hybrid seeds to feed the world, but a change in thinking.