EIFF Recommends: Action!

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Looking for directors who know film can be activism? Who use the command accompanying the clapperboard as an opportunity to alert audiences to global issues and give a voice to the marginalised? Here are EIFF’s ones to watch

Burning Ice
Supported by Take One Action – a Scottish initiative devoted to global change through cinema – music and environment are at one in this documentary by Peter Guilbert. Combining performances from Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright and KT Tunstall among others at Latitude Festival along with footage from their expedition to Greenland to witness the effects of climate change, this is celebrity with a cause.

The Green Wave
Ali Samadi Ahadi documents a different green revolution. An innovative and urgent collage of social media, interviews, animation and footage reconstructs the protests and subsequent government action in Iran that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election in 2009. Supported by ECA and Take One Action, this forms part of the University of Edinburgh’s Animating Realities Conference.

Countdown to Zero
A ticking time bomb: literally. This is Academy Award Nominated Lucy Walker’s view on the threat posed to civilisation by the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Featuring interviews with Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter and Pervez Musharraf, this is a call to put down the arms. The screening is followed by a Q&A via satellite with Walker, Margaret Beckett and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

Off the Beaten Track
"The young ones are in charge," states director Dieter Auner’s documentary about the difficulties faced by Transylvanian rural communities in attempting to gain EU membership. A year in the life of the Creta family, who struggle to make ends meet through farming, centres on son Albin who must leave home to find better prospects. A sensitive depiction of a family divided by economic circumstance.

The Bang Bang Club
Based on a memoir of the exploits of four daring photojournalists during the final years of apartheid in South Africa, Steven Silver’s film questions the ethics of war reporting. Ryan Phillippe stars as Greg Marinovich who will take part in a Q&A session via Skype alongside Joao Silva at the 25 June screening. Their photography will also be on display in an exclusive exhibition at the Filmhouse throughout the Festival.

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 228 2688 or in person at Filmhouse and Festivalhouse@Teviot.


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