Behind the infamous names of Cannes and Sundance is a film festival making a name for itself in a more unexpected setting. The Abu-Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival is preparing to host the first international environmental film festival in the Middle East in March 2013. All entries highlight environmental issues that stem from human negligence and indifference in an attempt to bring their audiences to a higher awareness of their actions and the changing world. In its first year, ADIEFF is also introducing a special event that will showcase both long and short documentaries on global poverty and food shortages around the world.
The “Poverty and Food” portion will take place from April 20-25, about a month after the main festival. The CEO and Founder of the festival, Mr. Mohamed Mounir, describes the additional days of the festival as a necessity to “celebrate food as an abundance that needs to be enjoyed by every human being on Earth”. Given the staggering statistics of the hundreds of millions of people living in countries throughout Asia and the Middle East specifically, Mr. Mounir found the added program to align perfectly with the mission and goals of the festival. He envisioned an audience, unaccustomed to seeing such films, to leave more educated of climate change and food shortages and prepared to “step forward in awareness and action”.
Over the course of 6 days, multiple documentaries and a feature film will address a variety of issues: how economic policies affect the food industry, the importance of maintaining land to sustain food production for an increasing population, as well as poverty in the United States. In addition to the film competitions there will also be lectures, public meetings, and seminars on how festival attendees can change their everyday habits to preserve our food supplies for those who are less fortunate.
The Abu-Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival proves that through mediums of film, public engagement, and others forms of entertainment, societies around the world are coming to terms to the urgency of educating audiences about global poverty.
– Deena Dulgerian
Source:Middle East Online