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Festival Schedule 2020

10-19 July 2020

PELICAM 2020

Friday, July 10

12.30

SEVEN YEARS IN SEVEN SEAS / With BARBARA VIEGA

Photographer and filmmaker Barbara Veiga unites her talent to produce film content focused on social and environmental themes. A journalist with solid international work, she has collaborated with global organizations in the impacting campaigns: “Friendly City of the Amazon” (Greenpeace), “No Compromise” (Sea Shepherd) and “Red Card to Child Labour” (/International Labour Organization) in her 20 years of experience. She is the author of the book “Seven Years On Seven Seas” (2019) and one of the founders of the movement “Women’s League for the Oceans” (2019). As a speaker and international exhibitor she was present at events such as the TED Global Conference.
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21.00

THE PRICE OF PARADISE / GERMANY, 2019, 91 MIN.

Billionaire brothers Sir Frederick & Sir David Barclay buy themselves into the island of Sark, where only 600 inhabitants live – till then in harmony with nature and with a strong sense of their community. The billionaires plan to turn the island into a luxury holiday resort and challenge the lifestyle of the islanders. A battle begins that splits the community and unfolds a global conflict in an idyllic setting. The trothers remain phantoms in the film as they never enter the battlefield themselves. It is the people of Sark, dealing with invasion and change, whose stories are told.
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Saturday, July 11

11:00

WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN / SENECA ECOLOGOS

30 participants
Age: 7-14 years
Materials needed: paper, scissors, crayons and markers
Registration at [email protected]
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17.00

OVERBOOKING / SPAIN, 2019, 70 MIN.

What was once known as the Island of Calm is now on the verge of collapse. Multiple alarm bells are starting to ring. Is this model of tourism sustainable? Could Mallorca become a reference for so many other places suffering from the same problem? The documentary analyses the years of saturation, illegal holiday rentals, traffic jams, increased consumption of electricity, oil, and water, the generation of garbage and municipal waste discharges into the Mediterranean Sea.
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18:30

PELICAM TALK - MASS TOURISM AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

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21.00

THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL + Q&A / SUA, 2015, 70 MIN.

An affectionate portrait of a group of women who, after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and evacuation, returned to the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and have resided there – semi-officially, for years.
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Sunday, July 12

11:00

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE GARDEN / FRANCE , 2018, 52 MIN.

In the Normandy countryside, a man is absent from his house and leaves his garden to itself: a whole small population is emboldened and unveils itself in its diversity: the fox and the hedgehog, the nettle and the butterfly, the spider or the newt, the thrush and the swallow … a world wonderful and wild, where species intersect and sometimes confront each other.
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17.00

WOLVES AT THE BORDERS + Q&A CZECH REPUBLIC, 2020, 78 MIN.

Wolves are back! Having been exterminated in the Broumov region in the Czech Republic more than two hundred years ago, wolves have been slowly returning to the countryside and changing the lives of the locals. The documentary looks at the contradictory reactions of their arrival: while for some people they offer hope of making the nature healthier, others see them only as enemies killing helpless farm animals who cannot be effectively protected. Are we able to coexist with wolves and each other?
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21:00

WOMAN AND WATER / SPAIN, 2015, 65 MIN.

In many parts of the world, it falls to women to collect water, and so they become responsible for their family’s health, after abandoning school at a very early age. They are also the first to suffer when faced with scarcity. The documentary tells four stories by drawing parallels between the cycles of water and the cycles of life, analyzing the relationship of women and water and raises one of the issues we will be examining more frequently in the future: who has the right to water, when it is scarce? Its main characters belong to the most representative part of rural and urban Indian society.
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Monday, July 13

21:00

A TUNNEL / GERMANY , 2019, 90 MIN.

A scarcely populated village in a remote part of Georgia, sinking in poverty and solitude, suddenly becomes a site for a big change. Hundreds of Chinese workers settle in the area to build a fast railway linking China and Europe, which might lead to the abolishment of the old station and a drastic reshape of the landscape. The inhabitants of the village are waiting for change with both hope and fear: some hope for compensation, planning to leave the village for good, others fear that their houses could be demolished.
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Tuesday, July 14

21.00

INVISIBLE PARADISE / BELARUS, 2020, 52 MIN.

Yulia, Alesia and Olya are three Belarusian sisters. They grew up in perfect harmony with their environment where they continue to live, engaging in fishing and subsistence farming. Daria Yurkevich frames this innocent existence magnificently, in a “paradise” located… not far from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
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Wednesday, July 15

21.00

ON THE WATER / 2018, 79 MIN

Rivers may be simple geographical entities. But beyond that they are eloquent micro-milieus where history and stories have accumulated. The rivers Save, Kupa and Odra flow through the centre of the Croatian industrial town of Sisak. Most of the river dwellers’ lives around which Goran Dević structures his film are linked to the events of the Yugoslavian civil war and its ethnic and social conflicts. The documentary is a poetic and political study about the changeability and constancy of people and spaces in which the dividing line between the two is permanently blurred.
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Thursday, July 16

17.00

DEGROWTH + Q&A / SPAIN, 2016, 52 MIN.

There exists a world, the world as it is now, a world of desire, of ‘having’ and ‘always more’, characterized by the absence of any restraint on economic growth. A world which is collapsing right now due to the decline of energy resources and raw materials, and the environmental crisis. But another world exists, the one that’s coming, the world of ‘being’, where more and more people are reinventing their way of life, taking into account the limits of the biosphere and the real needs of human beings.
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21.00

ACID FOREST / + Q&A LITHUANIA , 2018, 63 MIN.

Can you imagine a tourist attraction where people come to see a dead forest? Where they are not only observers, but also the ones being observed and heard by the black birds? There used to be an ancient pine forest, but then several cormorants landed there. Now there are thousands of the birds and they kill the pine trees by…shitting. The human observations and responses to this environment are as multi-layered and bizarre as the history of the forest itself.
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Friday, July 17

17.00

MESSAGES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD / SWITZERLAND, 2018, 52 MIN

Overwhelmed by the consequences of climate change, Doris and Charles are determined to do something. Convinced that the solution is in the hands of young people, these two retirees sell their house in Zürich and buy a boat. Their idea is simple. Take five young Swiss people to the Arctic circle to observe the signs of global warming and then raise awareness through social medias amongst their generation. The great adventure begins. For three weeks, the crew of the San Gottardo is going to navigate in hostile but beautiful landscapes. Armed with cameras, these kids are going to document the health of the end of the earth.
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21.00

YOU THINK THE EARTH IS A DEAD THING / FRANCE, 2019, 70 MIN.

You Think That the Earth Is a Dead Thing looks at the “global ecological crisis” from the perspective of the island of Martinique. In reflecting on ecology, the film not only raises issues concerning nature and damaged ecosystems, but, moreover, focuses on spaces of resistance to the crisis in which women and men acknowledge and act from the historical perspective of colonialism, where ecological struggle and the colonial past are intrinsically linked. The various protagonists of the film explore alternative approaches in the fight against environmental destruction. Thus, the portrayal of nature constantly shifts: sometimes it appears domesticated and exploited on a massive scale, at other times, contaminated by unseen toxic substances, or, again, as an ally in the struggle for survival.
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Saturday, July 18

11.00

WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN SENECA ECOLOGOS 2

Virtual competition! Do you want to be a billionaire?
Interactive ecology workshop
Saturday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.

30 participants
Age: 7-14 years
Registration at [email protected]

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12:00

WEBINAR: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR FILM FESTIVALS

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17:00

THE LAST MALE ON EARTH / NETHERLANDS, 2019, 72 MIN.

In March 2018, the last male northern white rhino remaining on earth died. His name was Sudan, and after 42 years on this planet he had lived his – and his species – life to the very end. Ever since he was the last one, armed bodyguards protected him, tourists were standing in line to take a photo with him, journalists rushed to Kenya to tell his story and, still now, scientists are determined to find ways to reproduce his species. What is so attractive about the threat of extinction? How does this reflect on us? A difficult topic served in a light and elegant, but serious form. For even though the irony of man's (self) destructive dominance on earth has become clear to most people, Sudan stands heavily and majestically in the midst of it all, like a mirror image of our own megalomania.
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18:30

PELICAM TALK - BIODIVERSITY - BETWEEN EXTINCTION AND SPECIES RETURN

Prof. Rosaleen Duffy – professor at the University of Sheffield and director of the BIOSEC project, Floor van der Meulen director of the documentary The Last Male On Earth, Martin Páv director of the film Wolves At The Borders, and Dr. Monica Vasile – researcher at Maastricht University.
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21:00

JOZI GOLD / SOUTH AFRICA , 2019, 74 MIN.

The mines of Johannesburg have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. But now the gold is running out, the mines are falling apart and the city must confront an environmental nightmare: tons of radioactive waste that pollute the air and turn water into poison. Glamorous grandmother Mariette Liefferink is on a relentless mission to uncover the truth and force the gold industry to clean up it’s dangerous mess. The film follows Mariette’s journey from a housewife to becoming one of the 100 most influential people in the mining world. She believes that God has lost interest in humankind, and that it’s her duty to restore a sense of justice in the world. Jozi Gold is a multistrand exposé of mine pollution, and in that, a story about wealth, human ambition and modern Africa.
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Sunday, July 19

11:00

ECOZINE SHORT PROGRAMME 52 MIN.

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17:00

PUSH / SWEDEN, 2019, 93 MIN. PROJECTION FOLLOWED BY THE DISCUSSION : BETWEEN LAW AND PROFIT HOUSING - BETWEEN RIGHT AND PROFIT

Home prices are rising around the world. Revenues do not follow the same increase.
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21:00

UNTITLED / AUSTRIA, 2017, 107 MIN.

More than two years after the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, film editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the film footage produced during 4 months and 19 days of shooting in the Balkans, Italy, Northwest and West Africa. A journey into the world to observe, listen and experience, the eye attentive, courageous and raw. Serendipity is the concept – in shooting as well as in editing the film.
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