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Canadian movies take center stage at film festival

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Like former US vice president Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the seven environmentally themed films featured at the upcoming Green Generation Environmental Film Festival in Taipei could help infuse a little green consciousness into the public mind, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday.

The film festival is part of the EPA’s Earth and Environment Season that will be held to celebrate Earth Day this month and World Environment Day in June, EPA Comprehensive Planning Department Director-General Yeh Jiunn-horng (葉俊宏) said.

CANUCKS

“All the films are directed by celebrated Canadian documentary makers and discuss various environmental topics from a number of different angles,” Yeh said, adding that the films were recommended to the EPA by the Canadian government.

The first feature, which will be shown on Wednesday, is titled Green Sweep: Transforming Our Trash, Yeh said.

“The film discusses Canada’s recycling successes, but it also looks into other environmental responsibilities that businesses tend to dodge,” he said.

Another film, titled Arctic Mission: Climate on the Edge, documents changes in the Arctic as a result of global warming, such as temperature increases and ice caps melting, Yeh said.

“Through interviews with experts in the field, such as climatologist Jean Jouzel and glaciologist Fritz Koerner, and talking about climate change from a global point of view, the film helps viewers develop a sense of urgency in the need to do something to slow global warming,” he said.

COUNTRYWIDE

Almost all 25 cities and counties around the country will host their own environmental film events, Yeh said, adding that the EPA has offered local governments a total of 32 documentaries or movies to choose from.

“So far, a total of 134 showings have been scheduled. In Kinmen County, the government has even agreed to put the films on cable TV,” he said.

A list of viewing titles and times, as well as online viewing of the 32 titles, is available at earthday.epa.gov.tw.

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