Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival Announces 2008 Dates


Image from Blue Gold Courtesy of Planet in Focus Film Festival

We attended last year so we are excited to see that the announcement of the ninth edition of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival. It will run October 22 through October 26 in Toronto with over 80 (of over 450 entries) of the world's premiere films and videos on a wide range of environmental themes and subjects by Canadian and international filmmakers.

This year’s Spotlight Program - Food: The Big Picture - features thought-provoking films from around the world examining a wide range of issues on this topic. It will highlight the local and global concerns about food production, food security, food policy, its cultivation, manufacture, handling, distribution and, ultimately, the direct connection between the state of the environment with what, and how, we eat. The festival will also host panels and discussions in an exploration of the global food crisis as well as recent developments within Canada.The opening night at the Royal Cinema will feature Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008, USA), written and directed by Sam Bozzo, based on the groundbreaking book " The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water" by Maude Barlow (National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians) and Tony Clarke. Malcolm McDowell narrates this eye-opening feature documentary that is executive produced by Canadian Mark Achbar (The Corporation) and Si Litvinoff (The Man Who Fell to Earth, A Clockwork Orange).

What is Blue Gold About?
Blue Gold sounds the alarm on what is one of the most important issues facing our planet - water. The film takes analyzes how the polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting of water in every corner of the globe is contributing to the increase in the demand for fresh water well beyond the finite supply. Blue Gold showcases numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions, to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, "This is our revolution, this is our war." A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive? ::Planet in Focus.

More TH Coverage of Past Planet in Focus Festivals:
Planet in Focus Opens with Grizzly Conservationist Charlie Russell
Green Film Festival Hits Toronto: Planet in Focus
Planet in Focus – the International Environmental Film and Video Festival
Planet in Focus Festival Website

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