Ninety films from 36 countries, from all continents and with almost 50% female participation in the production, will address the great environmental issues of our planet at the 29th edition of Suncine, the International Environmental Film Festival, which will take place in Barcelona from November 2 to 8.
Twelve feature films of the 17 selected for the Official Section of the Festival compete for the Golden Sun, the highest award in the history of environmental cinema since 1993.
"The Official Section brings together a synthesis of what is happening to us on the planet, it is a mirror in which to look at ourselves and invites us to reflect," explains the director of the festival, Jaume Gil. Among the pieces that can be seen in this competition section, Pastors de la Tierra: stories from the cradle of humanity, starring Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, stands out. The film addresses climate change and biodiversity loss through the traditional stories and songs of the 'Daasanach' community of northern Kenya.
In Phie Ambo's 70/30, the weather plays a huge role in the 2019 elections in Denmark. And in France's Natural Disasters, Mega Regulators, filmmaker Christine Tournadre shows how science is now looking at natural disasters in a new light.
Another of the long-awaited documentaries is La Senda del Pastor, which has won awards around the world. The film, directed by Silvia Pradas from Zaragoza and produced by Crew Films, portrays the lives of six sheep herders who open the doors of their homes to show a trade in extinction.
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Another of the Festival's competitive Sections, the Miradas Section, will include 18 international documentaries of up to one hour in length, from very varied filmographies that are competing for the WWF Award, and which, according to Gil, offer "human stories of how they live and face different socio-environmental situations, their challenges, challenges and experiences" that inspire change and how to turn things around to ensure the future.
Suncine premieres this year the Monarch Section, inspired by monarch butterflies, important for the ecosystem, as they are indicators of the health of the environment.
The films in this new section can be seen exclusively on the Festival application, since, being short productions, they are ideal for viewing anytime, anywhere.
In its line of building intergenerational bridges of activism and participation of young people and adults, the contest will award for the first time in its 29-year history with the Festival's Special Golden Sun two young environmental activists: Olivia Mandle (Spain) and Helena Gualinga (Ecuador), and the committed and well-known actor, screenwriter and writer Carlos Bardem.