Four exceptional environmental films addressing the science and impacts of climate change, water scarcity, and the dark side of technology, will have their Boston premieres at Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. Each film will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, scientists, and environmental experts. Visit www.dceff.org/Boston for tickets & screening details. Presented by Bank of America, this event is a part of HUBweek, which celebrates innovation and creativity at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Women and Water (Spain, 2014, 58 min.), exploring the role of women in Indian society as seen through the prism of water, will kick off the showcase on September 28 at 6 p.m. The film reveals who has access to this most vital of resources and why it is denied to the most needy, illuminating the intersection of resource issues and social justice in contemporary India. Spanish documentary filmmaker Nocem Collado, who is also a photographer and an international women’s rights advocate, will be present for a post screening discussion. This feature will be preceded by the short film, The Nature of People, examining efforts to build resilience against sea level rise and storm surges caused by climate change in coastal communities from Long Island to the Baja Peninsula.
Ice and the Sky (France, 2015, 89 min.), focusing on French glaciologist Claude Lorius’s discovery of climate change in the Antarctic ice fields in the 1950s, will screen on September 28 at 8:15 p.m. This film by Oscarwinning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) looks back on six decades of research and exploration adventure to tell the history of earth’s climate, while offering a new, inspiring means of transforming the human imprint on the environment. Ice and the Sky was the closing film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Death by Design (USA, 2016, 73 min.), revealing the hidden costs of consumers’ growing digital dependency on smartphones, tablets, and laptops, will be shown on September 29 at 6 p.m. Spanning the globe from factories in China to the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film explores the underbelly of the electronics industry, and exposes the environmental and health consequences of our digital addiction. Award winning director Sue Williams will be present to discuss her film, which won Special Mention for the Environmental Award at the 2016 Sheffield Documentary Festival in England. Williams has directed and produced five critically acclaimed feature documentaries about China for PBS Frontline. Outreach Partner Toolkit
The Age of Consequences (USA, 2016, 80 min.), investigating the impact of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability, will be presented on September 29 at 8:15 p.m. as the final film in the showcase. Interviews with distinguished admirals, generals, and military veterans reveal how climate change stressors – water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise – function as catalysts for conflict in volatile parts of the world. Award winning filmmaker Jared P. Scott will be in attendance for a post screening discussion. Scott wrote, directed and produced the 2015 NYTimes Critics’ Pick Requiem For The American Dream Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power.
General admission tickets are $8. Student and military tickets are $5. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dceff.org/Boston.