We are happy to partner once again with the Moving Waters Film Festival
(MWFF) for its 3rd edition
. This volunteer-driven, completely free film festival which is designed to promote awareness and love for our rivers and oceans takes place at the Bhavan.
The scintillating jewel that is the blue planet is more than two thirds water, yet we know very little beyond the edge of land. Poorly understood, highly threatened – this is the story of the other two thirds. Whether for drinking, oil exploration, electricity generation, recreation or fishing, our dependence on water is growing. Knowledge of what lies beneath the oceans and rivers that bring us life is increasingly important, but often these ecosystems are damaged or destroyed before we can find out more.
In the words of the organisers: 'We hope to bring forward stories of this blue jewel through films that tell stories of people, places and creatures that make up our rivers and oceans. The Moving Waters Film Festival aims to bring the latest in aquatic issues to the public in Bangalore. As the first exclusive ocean and river themed film festival, we hope to bridge research, exploration, conservation and filmmaking in India.'
Among the rich palette of films are two don't-miss ones from Germany:
© Beck Tite
Fragile - Why turtle hatchlings need the sea
by Hendrik Schmitt
Germany 7' 55"
The life cycle of a marine turtle is complex. Nowadays, they are facing challenging changes to their habitat and encounter all kinds new dangers imposed upon them by humans. All sea turtle species are threatened with extinction. To help save sea turtles, marine conservation facilities around the world hatch sea turtle eggs and keep the hatchlings in tanks until they have grown stronger and more fit for survival in the wild. The short film Fragile talks with sea turtle conservationist Siân Williams of the Gili Eco Trust, who explains why baby sea turtles need the sea immediately after they hatch and why it is best to let nature take care of them.
by Max Mönch
© Reel Earth Film Festival
What if a country didn't end at the coastline but simply continued under water? A territory the size of a continent would come up, a territory uncontrolled and open for seizure. Ocean's Monopoly tells the story of the biggest land grab in world history.
MWFF 2018 will feature more than 25
independent films made by filmmakers from different countries.The carefully curated selection will also showcase Indian filmmakers who have documented India’s rivers and marine ecosystems, their animals, and communities. Interspersed with inspiring talks by explorers, activists, scientists and conservationists, this festival will attempt to engage the audience with issues in the real world.
In addition, Nisha Abdulla from Ever After Learning will take the youngsters among us on a storytelling journey.