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Local flavours at Green Screen launch
T&T-made wines and cheeses added local flair to the 2013 launch of the Green Screen Environmental Film Series, held on October 31 at the Digicel Imax Theatre at One Woodbrook Place.
A large turnout of patrons came out to support the fund-raiser, which kicks off the third annual season of films with an environmental message.
Green Screen is presented by Sustain T&T, a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development and industry.
During the series, films, free to the public, will be screened at the National Museum and Art Gallery and at UWI, St Augustine, until November 13.
At the launch, the German Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission Ulrich Kinne pledged continued support for climate change education and urged the media to continue to spread awareness on the issue.
The Embassy is a sponsor of the series.
National Museum and Art Gallery
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain
12.30 pm—Burning in the Sun (82 mins)
Burning in the Sun focuses on a young man who starts a business in his native Mali, building and selling solar panels to rural customers, 99 per cent of whom live without power. The charismatic Daniel Dembélé, 26, is looking to make his mark on the world. He starts a business building recycled solar panels from scraps—the first of its kind in this sun-drenched nation near the Sahara Desert.
With controversial stances on sustainable energy, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the documentary explores what it means to become your own man and the small steps that can change the destiny of a nation.
Burning in the Sun has won several awards including the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award; Grand Jury Prize, Best EarthVision Environmental Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival; Audience Award, Best Environmental Film, Indie Spirit Film Festival.
3.30 pm—A Fierce Green Fire (101 mins)
This film is an exploration of the environmental movement—grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change.
Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them.
The movie focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future—and succeeding against all odds.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Robert Redford.
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