Inaugral Cape Town Eco Film Festival showcases African environmental documentaries

The inaugral Cape Town Eco Film Festival will showcase African and international environmental documentaries from 27 – 31 March 2014 at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street.


The Cape Town Eco Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a non-profit collective that has organised dozens of public screenings of documentary films with important social, environmental and political themes since 2006. The organisers selected films for inclusion in the programme that offer insights and inspiration for change – encouraging the audience to tackle the challenges personally, as well as promoting public debate and raising awareness about important local and global environmental issues.

The line-up of films includes the following South African environmental documentaries:

Amazing Grace

Amazing GraceAmazing Grace is an award-winning short movie (5 minutes) about Lloyd Maanyina, a man living in Zambia, who opts out of burning charcoal for fuel as is traditionally done, and who enterprisingly sets up a micro-nursery selling trees to his neighbouring community instead.



A Wave Ahead

A wave aheadThis 7 minute short film by director Carlos Francisco, is about how Project 90 x 2030 and the Two Oceans Aquarium install an innovative generator that captures wave energy in the aquarium’s kelp forest exhibit.



Cape Town: Better by Bike

CApe Town better by bikeDirector Leonie Mervis created a short 2 minute film about Cape Town ‘s urban cycling culture which is gaining momentum, and Bicycle Cape Town which is a community generated campaign to promote bicycle culture in Cape Town – inspiring more people to cycle in the urban environment.


First Light

First lightFirst Light is a film which follows Project 90 x 2030′s team of activists and eco engineers  as they visit 50 impoverished households in KwaZulu Natal that are fitted with solar lighting kits, many of them receiving electricity for the first time. 


Op Theefontein

op theefonteinDirected by Hermien de Vos and Johann Botha, this film is the touching story of a Griqua herbalist inthe Karoo who teaches a white woman to heal people using traditional herbal remedies. 



Sizwe’s Journey: Sanitation in Khayelitsha

sizwe's journeyAmazwi Wethu directs this film about Siwe, a 17 year-old student living and attending school in Khayelitsha, who becomes increasingly aware and engaged in sanitation and service delivery issues within her community. 



The Buzz for Food

the buzz for foodThis short film directed by Carlos Francisco is about Tlou Masehela, as a youngster, who is undertaking PhD research into the Cape and African Honeybees’ forage needs.



Other international eco films on the programme include:

  • Blackfish
  • The Carbon Rush
  • The Last Ocean
  • More than Honey
  • In transition 2.0
  • Bringing It Home
  • Thin Ice
  • The Story of Solutions
  • The Story of Cap & Trade
  • Amazon Gold
  • In Organic We Trust
  • Groningen: The World’s Cycling City
  • Gasland Part 2
  • Damocracy
  • Complicit
  • Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam

Your ticket to the Eco Film Festival Ticket contributes towards local reforestation

For every ticket purchased at the standard price of R45, the event organisers have undertaken to donate R5 to  Greenpop, who will use the money to help finance their re-forestation efforts in South Africa and Zambia. Tree Tickets can also be purchased for R160, whereby Greenpop will plant a tree in an under-greened community in Cape Town or a deforested area in South Africa or Zambia. You will even be sent a certificate with the GPS co-ordinates of your tree.

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