Festival Program

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Klimatsmart I Affaren (Climate smart in the store)

Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16 – 13:30

Food is one of our biggest contributions to greenhouse emissions. By
eating less meat and choose seasonal vegetables, you can reduce your
personal contribution to climate change.


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Grocery Store Wars

Friday, May 14 – 13:30

Production: Free Range Studios,
Year: 2006, Duration: 6’
Country: USA,  Language: English

Store Wars is a hilarious five minute mini-movie about a small band of organic vegetable puppets (Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli ) battling against Darth Tader, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm. Can these Organic Rebels rescue Princess Lettuce and destroy the Death Melon in time? Or will Cuke be seduced by the Dark Side of the Farm… an empire of pollution and pesticides that has taken over the market with its arsenal of genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic chemicals?


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Story of Stuff

Friday, May 14 – 13:30

Production: Free Range Studios,
Year: 2007, Duration: 20’
Country: USA, Language: English

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fastpaced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.


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Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining

Friday, May 14 – 14:15

Director: Ernesto Cabellos Damian and Stephanie Boyd,
Year: 2007, Duration: 85’
Country: Peru, Language: Spanish/English, English subtitles

Despite promises of economic development and jobs from the mining company, the people of Tambogrande know that a gold mine underneath the town would poison their environment, make their land uninhabitable, and destroy the mango farms upon which their livelihood depends. Led by the inspiring Godogredo Garcia Baca, they organize opposition to the plan. Godofredo is murdered under very suspicious circumstances. Over time, we see how the protest movement evolves from one of sometimes violent confrontations with police towards displays of non-violent resistance later on. In a referendum, they vote 98% against the development, and Manhattan Mineral’s shares drop sharply. This eventually culminates in victory and preservation for the people of Tambogrande. This film is worth watching as an uncommon example of grassroots citizen action triumphing in the battle to defend their land and livelihood from powerful corporate interests.


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Friday, May 14 – 16:30

Director: Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaufman,
Year: 2004, Duration: 62’
Country: USA, Language: English

Is water part of a shared “commons,” a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? “Thirst” tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions. Over a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Each year, millions of children die of diseases caused by unsafe water. The numbers are increasing. These facts drive a debate in the opening scenes of “Thirst” at the 2003 Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan. Politicians, international bankers, and corporate executives gather to decide who will control global fresh water supplies. Their consensus for large dams and privatized, corporate water systems is challenged by experts and activists who assert that water is a human right, not a commodity to be traded on the open market. Examining water conflicts on three continents, “Thirst” shows that popular opposition to the privatization of water sparks remarkable coalitions that cross partisan lines.


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Carbon Nation

Friday, May 14 – 19:00

PETER BYCK | Director + Producer

Carbon Nation is  a documentary film about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how  SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. We meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.

• Carbon Nation is an optimistic (and witty) discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to stave off climate change by moving to a low carbon economy.

• Public opinion is sliding the wrong way – far fewer people are concerned about climate change than even a year ago. We’ve made Carbon Nation to give a majority of people an entertaining, informed and pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business, it emboldens national & energy security and it improves health & the environment.

• Carbon Nation’s optimism and pragmatism is appealing across the political spectrum. While other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.


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