Puri

Film Title : Puri

Duration : 00:14:45 Filmmaker : Daniel Casado Theme : Water
Synopsis : The main character, Young-eun, lives with her mother, a haenyo diver, in fishing village on Jeju Island. She learns eco-friendly photography from her friend Seung-hwan, who is a beachcomber. One day, her mother gets caught in a discarded net submerged in the sea and drowns. Young-eun moves away from Jeju and returns two years later for her mother’s death anniversary. She decides to begin taking pictures of sea debris on beaches, and Seung-hwan leaves the island to find a giant floating trash island in the Pacific Ocean on a boat made of recycled materials.

USLP Shower

Film Title : USLP Shower

Duration : 00:01:35 Filmmaker : Bauddhayan Mukherji Theme : Water Conservation
Synopsis : Save water is the backbone of this film which harps on the rural-urban divide in India. One day the villagers discover a shower cubicle on a deserted barren land of Rajasthan. Immediately the word spreads in the entire village and the villagers gather in-front of the cubicle to drink and store water. The mere joy among the villagers were well portrayed throughout the film and the voice over backs it up by saying “While the entire village fulfilled their thirst, an urban man’s shower is still not over – making us question the amount of water we waste on a daily basis while we go in for a quick shower.

All eyes on the Amazon

Film Title : All eyes on the Amazon

Duration : 00:41:00 Filmmaker : Andrea Marinelli Theme : Community, Pollution
Synopsis : In the 1970s the start of oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon engendered expectations that the country was entering a new era of prosperity. Over the following four decades, hydrocarbons have marked the history of Ecuador affecting economic fluctuations, following oil price cycles in the global market together with changes in domestic taxation and ownership regimes, and stirring periodically renewed hopes of development as well as discontent. The documentary shows some of the impacts generated by oil extraction in the Orellana and Sucumbíos provinces of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the associated social mobilization of the indigenous and mestizo population. The focus is on frugal but advanced GIScience, drones, smartphones and bespoke apps that are being deployed by community members living next to oil installations to produce evidence on the impacts of the oil industry. The activity is a result of a project combining citizen science, scholarly activism, indigenous and mestizo mobilization. The activities bring together social movements, academics and some (mostly local) government authorities that take advantage of each other’s expertise and co-develop tools to collect and communicate evidence on the local impacts of oil extraction. The evidence produced has been used for campaigning at various levels addressing the companies, governments and public opinion. Taken together, the tools and strategies deployed are instruments in the David and Goliath slow struggle for environmental justice that pit local communities and activists against the interests of extractive industries.

I AM VITAL

Film Title : I AM VITAL

Duration : 00:06:04 Filmmaker : Florian Ledoux Theme : Water
Synopsis : Bears dance every year in the Romanian Carpathians. During this ancestral celebration, men don bear furs and parade the streets. Wear the courage of this great predator and summon the strength to face the year ahead. In a country that hosts the largest bear population in Europe, men and bears have been close neighbors for centuries. Nowadays, the borders between their territories are thinning. To the point they sometimes intertwine… Echilibru offers an insight into a world without borders, at the dawn of a new equilibrium.

Pakistan’s Himalayan Meltdown

Film Title : Pakistan’s Himalayan Meltdown

Duration : 00:49:47 Filmmaker : Shehzad Hameed Ahmad Theme : Community, Water
Synopsis : The word Himalaya means House of Snow, being the second largest icecap outside the polar regions. But, it’s melting at the fastest rate in human history. One-third of the Himalayan glaciers is projected to melt away by the end of this century due to climate change, threatening the supply of water to nearly 2 billion people across South Asia. We discover how water became a major flash point between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, witness the playing of the Siachen glacier conflict between India and Pakistan, and go undercover to observe the proliferation of water thieves in Karachi. We also examine the impact of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s billion tree tsunami, Pakistan’s bold bid to mitigate worsening climate change.

About KLEFF

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environmentally-themed films and programs. Since 2008, KLEFF’s mission is to accelerate mainstreaming of sustainable living and stewardship of the environment through the power of audio visual materials and activities.

In the month of October, KLEFF hosts the screening of more than 50 films reaching to an audience of more than 5,000. With the collaboration of partners and sponsors, KLEFF is gradually becoming the nation’s celebrated grassroots cultural and environmental event.

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is a not-for-profit program organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights.

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