GECO SHORTS SESSION 1

 

 

Documentary | 1h 41m 

GECO21 Official Selection | 4x Australian Premiere

Screening from 23-31 July

This is a collection of short environmental documentaries.

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MYCELIUM: AN URBAN FOOD UPRISING

 

Directors: Christine Schindler, Nathan Gibson | 12m 8s  | Australian Premiere | Documentary | 2020 

Country: Australia |  Language: English

When bushfires and a pandemic hit Australia in 2020, fresh produce skyrocketed in price, & supermarket shelves emptied. Tired of relying on fragile food systems, an inner-city Brisbane community, with the support of their local councillor, Jonathan Sri, planted an urban food uprising. A group of activists transformed abandoned plots into urban farms and orchards, gardening enthusiasts sprouted seedling swaps in their backyard, and neighbourhood residents planted sidewalk verges with shared edibles.

BEYOND THE BURNING: VOICES FROM THE EAST GIPPSLAND FIRES

Director: David Franjic |  25m 42s | Documentary |  2021 

Country: Australia |  Language: English

New Year’s Eve, 2019. The sky turns bright red in Mallacoota, East Gippsland, as a monstrous fire tears towards the town. Through mobile phone footage and interviews, bushfire survivors explain what it felt like to be there and the impact on local wildlife. Afterwards, we see the scorched remains of a forest through the eyes of a renowned nature photographer. An ecologist revisits her favourite temperate rainforest  normally too wet to burn and explains what’s being lost as a hotter climate dries out the bush.

THE OLD NORMAL IS KILLING US

 

Director: Friedrich Kohle | 24m 41s | Documentary | Australian Premiere | 2020 

Country: Netherlands |  Language: English, German

Fritz Kohle is a teacher and filmmaker who was working abroad during the Covid-19 outbreak. Returning to his home university in the Netherlands, he decides to go on a road trip with his dog through Europe to investigate how the virus exposes our fragile way of life. What needs to change? Is mankind doomed or is there hope for a better future? Eco village experts and activists explain that we have the knowledge and skills but that the future is bleak unless we change our way of life radically.

THE BEEKEEPER

 

Director: William McGregor | 12m | Documentary | Australian Premiere |  2020 

Country: UK |  Language: English

A beekeeper on the island of Anglesey faces losing her ancestral home to the development of a nuclear power plant.

SKY ISLANDS: A TIME TRAVEL IN THE ANDES MOUNTAINS

 

Director: Catalina Giraldo |13m 58s | Australian Premiere | Documentary | 2020

Country: Netherlands |  Language: English

This visualisation opens the door to travel from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene as a first step toward opening minds of its importance, and to implant a concern and post a question: are we still on time to avoid losing more than 2 million years of evolution of an extraordinary ecosystem in the Planet Earth?

PARADISE WON’T PROTECT ITSELF

 

Director: Jamil Hassan | 13m 2s | Victoria Premiere | Documentary |  2020 

Country: Australia |  Language: English 

It's the curiosity that gets people invested and motivates them to be apart of reef protection. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular living networks on earth. Seeing it for yourself will leave you speechless. Learning and understanding of its connectedness is the number one driver for innovative and creative change.