There will be 8 documentaries in competition, including world and Italian premieres, which address a plurality of highly topical issues related to the impact of mankind on the planet and addressed by some of the most interesting international filmmakers from seven countries. They range from the extraction of oil in the Amazon to the European migration policy, passing through the activism of Greta Thunberg. The themes also include the protection of whales, endangered species, and the defense of the planet’s water resources.
These are the documentaries in competition:
A Whale’s Worth by Juan Antonio Rodríguez Llano and Felipe Pinzón Barbosa arrives from Spain in a world premiere. The Canary Islands are a paradise for whales. Their waters contain more than a third of the world’s species, making them the most important enclave in the European Union and one of the most important globally. Today this paradise is threatened by various human pressures, such as boat collisions, plastic consumption and climate change. This fight aggravates their mortality every year and makes us face ourselves as responsible for their survival, forcing us to rethink how much we value these animals. How much is a whale worth? Can you put a price on the life of such a majestic animal? How has the value that humans place on whales changed over the course of history? To answer all these questions, Natacha Aguilar, eminent scientist and expert in Canary whales, supported by a group of scientists and non-profit organizations, will guide us on a spectacular journey through time and space to discover the untold stories of the life of these animals.
A Youth by Giorgio Bosisio, from the UK in an Italian premiere. Athens city limbo: point of arrival or (re) departure. For many, a grotesque theater where their own destiny is decided. But for Peyman and his friends, a group of Afghan teenagers, Athens is also a newfound freedom in which to discover oneself. Rap, aimless walks between concrete and sea, tales of the past and dreams blend and blend with the seasons. Waiting to know what will happen in his future, Peyman seeks answers in the words of friends and family, using his music and poetry to try to make sense of the world around him.
All Eyes on the Amazon by Andrea Marinelli, from Holland in regional premiere. Since the 1970s, oil has been extracted in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Over the next four decades, hydrocarbons continued to raise development hopes, while generating a range of impacts on communities. The documentary shows the places where oil is extracted and explores an environmental monitoring initiative that involves local communities committed to documenting the socio-environmental impacts of oil extraction on the indigenous and mestizo population. Advanced technologies, including drones, smartphones and tailor-made apps, are implemented through a project that combines citizen awareness, academic activism, indigenous mobilization. The activities bring together social movements, academics and local government authorities to co-develop tools to collect and communicate evidence. The means and strategies used are tools in David’s slow struggle against Goliath for environmental justice that pits local communities and activists against the interests of extractive industries.
Another Life by Jan Prazak, from Austria for an Italian premiere. Alex lives as a hermit on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. He rarely socializes with humans, instead sharing his life with animals: birds, geese, donkeys. Even smaller creatures find shelter in its shelter. Observing flies and spiders through a jeweler’s lens, Alex realizes that the law of who eats and who gets eaten is not a possibility in his own realm.
I Am Greta by Nathan Grossman from Sweden. The director follows Greta Thunberg, a teenage Swedish climate activist, in her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world’s environmental problems.
No News by Lennart Hüper, from Germany in Italian premiere. The crew of the non-governmental rescue ship “Lifeline” has been stuck in Malta for several weeks now. After the rescue of over 450 refugees in distress at sea, Captain Claus-Peter Reisch must be tried and the ship remains confiscated. Hopes for a speedy trial are dwindling more and more. What is it like to be forced to wait while people are drowning a few miles away? No News offers a glimpse of the absurdity of European migration policy and observes the people who have defended change but have had the feeling of how little we want it.
The Second Life by Davide Gambino, from Germany, in a regional premiere. The world is at a turning point. Human impact threatens the extinction of millions of species, with the dramatic loss of biodiversity that endangers the existence of mankind itself. However, there is a dark profession that is at the forefront of reminding us of what we are about to lose forever: Maurizio, Robert and Christophe are three world-class taxidermists working in the natural history museums of Berlin, Rome and Brussels. Their mission? To give a voice to the animals that prepare it, to talk about the war declared by mankind against nature.
UMA: A Water Crisis in Bolivia by Ana Llacer, from the USA in Italian premiere. Three indigenous communities in Bolivia fight to protect their water resources from diversion and contamination in the midst of a national water crisis. UMA takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro and the disappeared lake of Poopò. It is the story of women and of displacement, resistance and the struggle for environmental justice.