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DAY 2 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
3 PM: FILM: WELCOME TO SODOM (DIR CHRISTIAN KRÖNES AND FLORIAN WEIGENSAMER, 2018, 92 MINS)
(English Subtitles, Arabic Subtitles) The world’s biggest electronic waste dump is in Ghana, and it’s teeming with people who rummage, collect, recover and burn e-waste. An impressive and disconcertingly apocalyptic tableau on work within a whole new economic sector.
4:30 PM: END SMALL TALK
#EndSmallTalk brings the film audience together for a chance to participate in group discussions with curated conversations about the environment of waste as heartbreakingly felt through the film, Welcome to Sodom.
7 PM: FILM: WASTED: STORY OF FOOD WASTE (DIR ANNA CHAI AND NARI KYE, 2017, 90 MINS)
(English Subtitles only) Wasted exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes all of them delicious to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. Preceded by Short Film: Food Waste Cook Book in the UAE (Winnow Solutions)
8.45 PM: IT STILL TASTES DELICIOUS: DINING WITH LESS WASTE
Location: L’Arte Restaurant
Manarat Al Saadiyaat Chef Lorenzo Pagliaro of L’Arte prepares a delicious free meal that we can all learn from and also enjoy!
Sponsored by the British Council
9:30 PM: FILM: WALDEN (DIR DANIEL ZIMMERMAN, 2018, 106 MINS) (NON VERBAL FILM)
Entirely comprised of thirteen 360° panning shots, WALDEN is a meditative and hypnotizing look at the journey of a tree in our globalised times.
DAY 3 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
11 AM: OLD IS GOLD - PRESENTED BY EMIRATES NATURE - WWF
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat Art Studio
Ever heard of upcycling? It’s when you take something normally considered to be waste and transform it into something more useful and beautiful. It’s a great way to reduce waste and harness your creativity.
1 PM: GREENER SCREEN: SHOOT SUSTAINABLY
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat Theatre
Bassam Alasad and his team will reveal the high carbon footprint of filmmaking. Greener Screen team will give a two hour workshop that connects carbon literacy and environmental consciousness to filmmaking production and ethics.
3:30PM FILM: STORY OF PLASTIC (DIR. DEIA SCHLOSBERG, 2019, 85 MINS)
(English Language, Arabic Subtitles) A passionate but clear-eyed documentary that uncovers the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Story of Plastic reveals the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning our communities.
PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM: LE CHANT DU STYRENE (DIR. ALAIN RESNAIS, 19M) SPONSORED BY INSTITUT FRANCAIS
(French, English Subtitles) Classic French film by a well-known auteur gives audiences a historical and lyrical look at plastic. Discussion after the Film with Environmental Activist, Rasha Saleh
7 PM: FILM: ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (DIR JENNIFER BAICHWAL, NICHOLASDE PENCIER, EDWARD BURTYNSKY, 2018, 87 MINS)
(English Subtitles) A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet. Four years in the making, the film’s makers traveled to 20 countries to document the impact humans have had on the globe.
Presented by the Eco Club of Zayed University College of Natural and Health Sciences
DAY 1 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
3 PM: FILM: AL SIDR FESTIVAL ROUNDTABLE
A roundtable discussion featuring public intellectuals and activists from NYUAD, Art Jameel, and Zayed University highlighted by the well-known scholar and curator Carylon Jones (MIT). Co-chaired by Nezar Andary and Nadia Christidi.
6 PM: ART EXHIBITION
7 PM TO 10 PM: PRESENTATION OF EMIRATES NATURAL HISTORY GROUP’S JANE MEIKLE ON BIRDS OF THE UAE
FILM: ALBATROSS (DIR. CHRIS JORDAN, 2018, 97 MINS) (ENGLISH LANGUAGE, ARABIC SUBTITLES)
ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. A beautiful multi-layered metaphor for our times.