The Films The Films

This year's Green Film Festival @UEA films explore global issues while highlighting reasons to remain optimistic.

Think global, act local: where are the opportunities for positive personal action?


The programme The programme

Friday 10th May

Sharkwater: Extinction (Rob Stewart, 2018)

Time: 19.30 – 21.40

Venue: Castle Museum

Rob Stewart’s first film, Sharkwater (2006), brought the devastating issue of shark finning for use in shark fin soup to the world stage.   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.  


This film will be accompanied by a talk and Q+A with shark expert, Dr Sian Foch-Gatrell, focusing on the issue of shark conservation in British waters and beyond.


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 fulfillment 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.


The Human Element (James Balog/Matthew Testa, 2018)

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Julian Study Centre, UEA

Time: 10.00-11.16

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life. In an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction, The Cove, and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.


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 traveling over from Canada to appear at the Green Film Festival @UEA in person.

UNFRACTURED - OFFICIAL TRAILER from Chanda Chevannes on Vimeo.


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.   


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.


This film will also be preceded by a fascinating and highly informative introductory talk from Rajasegaran Kuppusamy, who leads the Technical Engineering Unit (TEU) for the UN International Organisation for Migration Iraq. In addition, the film screening of Anote’s Ark will be followed by a filmmaker Q+A.