for The Times of India on Dec. 2, 2010
New Delhi: Good news for movie buffs in the capital. 'Quotes from the Earth’, an international film festival, will see its fourth series unveil in the capital on December 4. Its theme this year is ecological citizenship and will focus on issues like climate change, mining, floods, agriculture and wildlife conservation. Delhiites will get to see some award-winning films by critically-acclaimed directors from across the world at the festival.
The international film festival will showcase some important movies for the first time in the country. These include ‘You Can Only Clap With Two Hands’ by Jenny Van Houtenon from Netherlands and ‘European Waste Shipment Regulation and The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy by Carl A Frechner from Germany. "It will surely be a treat for moviewatchers," said a n avid film watcher.
Award winning films like ‘Dutch — The Last Days of Shishmaref’ by Jan Louter, ‘Bridging the Gap’ by Corinne Van Egeraat and Katja Draaijer, ‘4 Elements’ by Jiska Rickels, Iron is Hot by Meghnath and BijuTopo and ‘The Latent City’ by Krishnendu Bose will also be part of the repertoire.
The festival, organised by Toxics Link and the India International Centre, will also host discussions and a book reading session over its two days.
The panel discussion will be conducted on topics like ‘Environment Education: Is Environment Education still confined to moral relativism’ and ‘Politics of the Environment: State of the Environment, Blame it or own it?’ The reading of ‘The Secret of Fireflie — Loving and Losing Spaces of Nature in Your City’ by YouthReach will open the festival.
The international film festival was first started in 2004 and is held every two years. Anjali Pandey, senior programme officer, Toxics Link said: ‘‘This year we are screening films from all across the globe to bring under one umbrella the common belief that each one is to be blamed for what exists in the environmental milieu and needs to take ownership of the same.
Pandey added: "This year, the festival focuses on issues such as climate change, mining, floods, diminishing species of animals and plants, energy, water contamination, agriculture, conservation, tigers, lions, elephants, sea life, urbanscapes and its adverse effects, and more." .’’