Film festival raises environmental awareness

Taiwan Today
Date: December 3, 2015

A film festival designed to enhance public awareness of environmental protection and

Six films will be screened to enhance public awareness of the importance of environmental protection and encourage urban farming during a festival Dec. 1-5 at the Image Museum of Hsinchu City. (Courtesy of Wutong Foundation)

Six films will be screened to enhance public awareness of the importance of environmental protection and encourage urban farming during a festival Dec. 1-5 at the Image Museum of Hsinchu City. (Courtesy of Wutong Foundation)

encourage urban farming is underway at the Image Museum of Hsinchu City.

Organized by the Hsinchu County-based Wutong Foundation, the Dec. 1-5 event includes five documentaries and a feature film from the U.S., with two professors and the founder of a popular farmers’ market attending post-screening discussions.

“Themed ‘food forest’ this year, the festival aims to inspire audiences to ponder the relationship among people, food and the environment, as well as how to balance the needs of development with the sustainability of Mother Nature,” a foundation staffer said.

The six screened pieces are “Paldang” of South Korea, which describes the efforts of Korean farmers to thrive despite the construction of a dam, as well as Hollywood film “Elysium” and American documentaries “Growing Cities,” “Microtopia,” “Plant This Movie” and “Save the Farm.”

Audience members gave rave reviews about the festival’s opening film “Plant This Movie” by Karney Hatch, who has produced and directed independent projects for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and a number of nongovernmental organizations in Latin America, Africa and Europe.     [FULL  STORY]

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