Cinema Verde Countdown-Week 3: These films might get you riled!
By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Content Editor
I thought last week was 3 weeks before the Festival, but there's an extra week in January, so THIS is actually 3 weeks before, so you have plenty of time to check out the schedule and make plans with friends and family to attend the ones that look best to you, that is, if you can't make it to all of them.
One of the things that is great about Cinema Verde is that the films are so varied; there are always some humorous ones and ones that are quiet and thought provoking. And then there are the ones that get you riled up.
Why get riled? Because it's information that affects us in very direct ways but it is not being addressed in the mainstream media. Or it's information that we know, we've heard it before, but we've blocked it out because we think there is nothing we can do about it.
So this week, I'm highlighting some of the movies that are about people who are all riled up and want to get you riled up too. What's great about these movies is that they usually end with hope that we CAN do something . . . sign a petition, change one small habit. There's always SOMETHING that can be done!
Thursday: Bhopali. The people who just had a bad chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia, were VERY lucky compared with the people in Bhopali, where, in 1984, the worst industrial disaster in history killed thousands. Union Carbide (now owned by Dow) abandoned the plant â€“ and the people. 30 years later, the people left behind are dealing with 2nd generation birth defects and other lingering effects of the contamination. So the people of Bhopali have started to fight back and demand that the company take responsibility. It might seem too sad to watch, but at film festivals from Los Angeles to New York, this film has won 2 audience awards, 5 best documentary awards, and a best director award and it has been the Official Selection at 20 film festivals.
Friday: Do the Math
Bill McKibben has been an environmental writer for a long time. I remember reading his first book The End of Nature, written in 1989. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. After researching and writing about the environment for so many years and seeing things get worse as none of our leaders tackled the problem of global warming, he finally got riled up and hit the road to explain the math:
As Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe said, it's not the earth he was worried about. It has survived many meteor strikes. It's the humans he was worried about. And that's what this movie is essentially about.
Saturday: Terms and Conditions May Apply
What's his name, that fella stuck in Russia, he's just talking about the tip of the iceberg. "You'll never believe what you've agreed to." Does it matter? Some people think it does. Find out why.
Sunday: GMO OMG
An Audience Choice and Best Documentary award winner, this film tells the hidden story of the take over of our food supply by giant chemical companies, an agricultural crisis that has grown into a cultural crisis. Corn as pesticide that is also food. Yum or yuck? We don't know if genetically modified food has bad effects, but look at what we've learned about partially hydrogenated oil. If it looks like a mistake, and sounds like a mistake, is it a mistake? You'll have a better idea after you see this movie. This is one of those movies that adds a dose of humor .