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Green Film Festival@UEA 2019

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The Green Film Festival @UEA is an exciting programme of free screenings and events, presenting and bringing together intersecting interests in environmental issues and film.

To book your free tickets for any of the following events, please click on the green 'Register' link above.


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 ‘Green Film Festival @UEA’ will be opened with a special screening of Sharkwater: Extinction at the Auditorium in Norwich Castle Museum on Friday 10th May. The film will be followed by a talk from marine zoologist and shark expert, Dr Sian Foch-Gatrell.


To book your free tickets, please click on the green 'Register' link above.


Thursday 16th May


The Reluctant Radical (Lindsey Grayzel, 2018)

Venue: Lecture Theatre, The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Time: 19.30-21.30

This highly engaging and affecting film follows the activist, Ken Ward, through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the shut-down of all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also fulfilment that comes from following one’s moral calling. Ken has no regrets and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world.

This film will also be followed by an audience Q+A via Skype with the filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel and activist Ken Ward.


Friday 17th May


Unfractured (Chanda Chevannes, 2017)

Venue: Lecture Theatre, The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Time: 19.30 – 21.30

A triumphant documentary about resistance, this film follows the biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist. Branded the ‘toxic avenger’ by Rolling Stone magazine, Sandra leads a large grassroots movement in a battle to ban fracking in New York State, at a time when her personal life is thrown into crisis. In following Steingraber’s personal life, the film presents us with a distinctive and strong female role model, who believes that “the antidote to despair and cynicism is to fight with your whole heart.”

This film will be preceded by a talk from one of the UK’s most high profile anti-fracking campaigners, Tina Rothery. The film screening will also be followed by an audience Q+A with the filmmaker Chanda Chevannes, who will be travelling over from Canada to appear at the Green Film Festival @UEA in person.


Saturday 18th May

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) PG 13


Venue: Lecture Theatre, The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Time: 14.00 – 16.00

Seen through the eyes of its six year old female protagonist, Hushpuppy, this magical film follows the trials and tribulations of a poor community living in the Louisana Bayou in the US. Disaster strikes as a violent storm hits the American Gulf Coast, leaving environmental devastation in its wake. As much as this film resonates with the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it also engages with the wider implications of climate change and rising sea levels. One of the most captivating moments in the film sees Hushpuppy face her fears, which appear in the guise of an army of giant fantasy creatures called the Aurochs, recently released from the previously frozen ice shelves of the Arctic.

Introduction to the film by Dr Antonio Degouveia (UEA Department of Film, Television, and Media) followed by a post-screening public discussion panel: ‘Toxic Racism: The Fight for Climate Justice’


Saturday 18th May


Anote’s Ark (Matthieu Rytz, 2018)

Venue: Lecture Theatre, The Enterprise Centre

Time: 19.00 – 21.45

Anote’s Ark is a captivating and beautiful film with a hard-hitting message. The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary story of Tiemeri (Sermary), a young mother of six, who aims to move her family from Kiribati to New Zealand.

Special Guest Talk with Rajasegaran Kuppusamy

Prior to the screening of Anote’s Ark, Rajasegaran Kuppusamy will present an introductory talk on his perspective of some of the issues brought up in this film. As the Head of the Emergency Disaster/Crisis Response team for the United Nations, International Organisation for Migration, Rajasegaran Kuppusamy often finds himself on the front lines of disaster and is well aware of the problems facing climate-change refugees.


* Friday 10th May (Castle Museum) - opening special screening event


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 ‘Green Film Festival @UEA’ will be opened with a special screening of Sharkwater: Extinction at the Auditorium in Norwich Castle Museum on Friday 10th May. The film will be followed by a talk from marine zoologist and shark expert, Dr Sian Foch-Gatrell.

Sharkwater: Extinction (Rob Stewart, 2018)


Venue: Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum, Castle Hill, Norwich NR1 3JU

May 10th, 19.30 – 21.30

Rob Stewart’s first film, Sharkwater (2006), brought the devastating issue of shark finning for use in shark fin soup to the world stage. In this sequel film, Sharkwater: Extinction, Stewart continues his dangerous adventure across four continents to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion dollar industry that is leading to the extinction of sharks. The underwater images in the film are awe-inspiring, while those scenes that show Stewart risking his life to expose the shark hunters are both frightening and engrossing.

Special Guest Talk with shark expert, Dr Sian Foch-Gatrell;

Following the screening of Sharkwater: Extinction, Dr Sian Foch-Gatrell will present an entertaining and informative short talk about sharks. Sian is a graduate in Marine Biogeochemistry from the UEA, and is currently a lecturer for Sheffield University International College. Sian has previously worked for Ocean's Research, focusing on white shark population dynamics, ecology and conservation. She produced, edited and wrote for their in-house magazine Beyond Blue, which had many famous guest writers, including Rob Stewart himself. Sian has also worked at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk as their shark expert.

There will be a chance for audience questions at the end of Sian’s talk.


* Sharkwater: Extinction has a separate booking page;

To book your free tickets, click on the link: bit.ly/gffsharkwater


17th May - Public dramaturgy workshop: 'Climate Onstage'

An exciting workshop for students and Green Film Festival-goers alike. 'Climate Onstage' will look at the role of climate-change in the theatre while engaging with some working theatre professionals who are bringing environmental issues to the forefront. You will have the chance of writing some pieces of your own, led by a current UEA MA scripwriter.


For more information about the Green Film Festival @UEA:


Email: events@uea.ac.uk

Visit: www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/events/green-film-festival

Follow: www.facebook.com/GreenFilmsUEA


* Why not include a pre-screening evening meal when you attend the festival?

Namaste Hut Café will be open at all times throughout the festival at The Enterprise Centre. Hot and cold drinks will be available, plus nibbles (nachos/popcorn/crisps etc.).

Vegan and vegetarian meals will also be available an hour before each evening film screening event on Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May, and between 6-7pm on Saturday 18 May.

Everything will be served in bio-degradable or paper recyclable materials, as Namaste do not use any plastic packaging.





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