AnthropoSCENE: Films and Talks on Climate Justice in Asia and Africa - Berlin, 21-24/09/2017

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September 21, 2017
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Film and Film History, South Asian History / Studies

AnthropoSCENE: A Festival of Films and Talks on Climate Justice in Asia and Africa - Berlin, 21-24/09/2017

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) & Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts: developing countries suffer the worst effects of global warming. Yet their voices are often underrepresented. Given the disturbing return of climate change denial to the political mainstream since last year’s US election, this situation is even more problematic. The film festival "anthropoSCENE: Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa" provides a platform for these voices. Showcasing recent filmmaking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the festival programme of short and feature length films brings together the work of artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and academics whose films tackle climate change in the global South.

Sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, anthropoSCENE seeks to inform public debate in the build up to the next UN climate conference, hosted by Germany in Bonn from 6 to 17 November, presided over by the Government of Fiji. It opens with a panel discussion featuring art historian Berin Golonu, eminent Indian filmmaker Sanjay Kak and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr, whose collaborative experiment with Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya will be screened directly after. Thank You for the Rain captures Musya's extraordinary journey from local farmer to global activist in the lead up to the 2015 COP21 climate talks in Paris. The final day of screenings is set to coincide with Germany’s upcoming parliamentary elections, underlining the organizers’ objective to politicize the issue of climate change in response to the dangerous threat to the Paris accords posed by the election of Donald Trump in last year’s US elections.

An eclectic array of award winning docu-drama, investigative journalism, activist filmmaking, art films, ethnography and poetic meditations on apocalypse, the four-day programme of short and feature length works from Asia, Africa and the Middle East has several distinct strands: one consists of films directly concerned with the consequences of climate change, as experienced by individuals and communities. Another explores the less immediate impacts of global warming by scrutinizing forms of energy considered antidotes to the problem of carbon emissions (water, wind and atomic power). A final strand draws attention to the modern history and contemporary reality of natural resource exploitation, framing the emergent climate crisis as part of a broader struggle for environmental justice in the global South.

A number of screenings are followed by live Q&A with directors. Bringing audiences in Berlin together with films and filmmakers from Nepal to Niger, Kuwait to South Africa and beyond, this programme offers a rare opportunity to engage with some of the most pressing issues of our time from perspectives rarely highlighted in mainstream media.

For interviews with the curator, filmmakers and all other press inquiries please contact:

Yasser Mehanna (ZMO), Public Relations, +49 (0)30. 80 307-224,
Madlen Feuerriegel (RLS), Public Relations,
Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO), Curator:   

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