Review of Green Film Festival in Buenos Aires

by Amelia Batho, contributing blogger

Last weekend I spent some time at the Green Film Festival. It felt great to be sitting in a mainstream cinema in Palermo watching some relatively unknown, fascinating documentaries, whilst big Hollywood blockbusters were being shown in the next room.

Asides from being a popular location to shoot films, TV shows and commercials, Buenos Aires is also the home of many film festivals and showcases from around the world.

Here is a quick look at some of my favourite films from the festival.

‘The Age of Stupid’ is set fifty years from now, in a world nearly completely destroyed by human impact. An archivist (played by Peter Postlethwaite) lives alone in a storage facility built to preserve a collection of artefacts and specimens from all over the world. Asking the question why didn’t we do something when we had the chance?, he searches through archives of documentary footage to present six different stories all very different perspectives on how climate change affected the planet and the people on it fifty years earlier. It is a really insightful film and edited brilliantly so that your focus is never lost. It was also entirely ‘crowd funded’ which means it was solely funded through selling shares to various individuals and groups allowing the film- makers complete control.

For some epic cinematography I would highly recommend ‘Home’ or ‘Turtle’. Home is shot entirely from an aerial perspective, documenting some of the worlds most impressive landscapes and the changes they are enduring due to human activity. On the contrary, Turtle is shot under the sea and contains some very impressive filming of a young Green turtle as at makes its journey through perilous seas into adulthood.

It’s all too easy to step into the supermarket, wander around marveling at the choice presented before you, before you pick out your flawless looking groceries or plump chicken and head to the till. But have you ever wondered where your food really comes from and how exactly it is produced? That stereotypical scene of a quaint red farmhouse with a white picket fence and happy cows grazing outside, may be a bit misleading… to say the least. Food Inc shows another side to the food industry the side that isn’t shown through expensive advertising campaigns and clever marketing strategies.

There are other films out there at the moment which investigate the same topicsbut for a look at a variety of controversial aspects of food production from chicken breeding to soya bean farming, check out Food Inc.

All in all the festival was fantastic and a great way to enjoy yourself whilst getting informed on important environmental issues – I really hope it remains an annual event!

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