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7 Must-See Movies about Climate Change at KLEFF2018

7 Must-See Movies about Climate Change at KLEFF2018

Seven deeply engaging and thought-provoking movies that highlight the realities of the climate crisis today will be screened at the 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, happening from Oct 22 to Oct 29th 2018 at the Black Box, Publika Solaris Dutamas.

Distinguished films about climate change are hard to come by these days. While we watch Hollywood films that allude to environmental destruction or climate disasters, while these films are very entertaining, often the science is barely right. The CGI emphasis outweighs the scientific evidence and importance of climate issues.

Those with some knowledge about climate change rail against the Hollywood versions of the issue, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any really thoughtful films worth shouting about.

At this year’s 11th annual KLEFF, Malaysians will get to watch a plethora of films on climate change, and below are seven of our recommendations. We jazzed up the list below by curating a mix of short documentaries and feature films, animations and public services announcements.

Blue Tomorrow

Film maker: Numan Ayaz
Country of origin: Turkey

A man who lives alone on his island goes on an unknown journey caused by rising ocean. After witnessing a catastrophe on the way, he finds hope again with other people. But when the ocean rises again this time he makes an unexpected decision to another unknown.


Film maker: Night Owl (George Lewin)
Country of origin: United Kingdom

A snapshot of the extractive industry, showing how greed can lead to the destruction of the earth, simply to increase the wealth of a few. With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, the denial propaganda heavily funded by the oil and gas industry is unacceptable. It’s time to resist.

Climate Countdown: Taking It to The Courts Post-it

Film maker: Kaia Rose
Country of origin: United States

Synopsis: Climate Countdown is a web-series that maps out the ecology of climate solutions. While Season 1 focused on what people were doing to make the Paris Agreement a success, Season 2 explores what strategies are needed to keep climate action moving forward despite a US government that has decided to exit the Paris Agreement. One key strategy is taking it to the courts – people around the world are using the judicial system to tackle the climate challenge in unique and exciting ways.

Invisible Blanket

Film maker: Pasha Reshikov
Country of origin: United States

“Invisible Blanket” is based on real events and publications of 1950s when the first climate change scientists started to voice their concerns in major US magazines and newspapers. Their predictions turned out to be rather accurate, yet their voices remained “unheard” for more than half of a century.

Human Energy

Film maker: Adam Dzienis
Country of origin: United Kingdom

People from Renewable Energy Source Cooperative movement from 12 countries in Europe are fighting with big corporations in a different way. Moving in the energy business, they’re trying to stop climate change and take care of local interests. This is the first story about RES coops on such a big scale. How completely different form of energy you could produce.

Religious Views and World Climate

Film maker: Mohd Khairul Bin Omar
Country of origin: Malaysia

This short documentary relates the importance of preserving the environment for the sustainability and balance and impact of global climate change. Most interesting in this short documentary is to preserve the environment through the balance of ecosystems and the impact of this climate change is also supported by various religious representatives from the Islamic, Buddhist, Christian and Indian religions. This shows the people of Malaysia in the interest of preserving the environment and conserving the world’s climate change.

Against The Tide: A Journey for Climate Hope

Film maker: Luis Barreto
Country of origin: Japan

In 2017, a group of young leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation joined Peace Boat’s 95th Global Voyage in Barcelona as a part of a new programme to highlight these crucial issues. These young women and men, between 19 and 26 years of age, were from the regions of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Over the following three weeks, they visited Lisbon, Bordeaux, London, Edinburgh, Reykjavik and New York. In every port, they connected with civil society organizations and government agencies bringing their message to citizens and government representatives throughout the voyage. The film portrays their experience and raises awareness about the fragility and vulnerability of the small island states.

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