The theme for this month's Abu Dhabi Film Festival's film series at The Pavilion is environmental issues.
Sunday 7th August | Monday 8th August | Tuesday 9th August at 9:00 pm
Alamar (To the Sea)
Directed by Pedro Gonzalez Rubio | Italian, Spanish | Mexico | 2009 | 70 min
This modest, achingly beautiful and poetic tale sets the delicate interplay of parent and child against the stunning backdrop of Mexico’s Chinchorro coral reef. A recently divorced man wishes to impart his Mayan heritage to his young son before they must separate for good so the two embark on a voyage out to sea. The amazingly unobtrusive camera captures the pair’s long sun-soaked days spent spear-fishing and nights sleeping in the stilt-hut community of their elders. Alamar explores with minimalist perfection the deep bonds people share with each other and with nature.
Wednesday 10th August | Thursday 11th August | Friday 12th August at 9:00 pm
Directed by Lorenz Knauer | English | Germany | 2010 | 107 min
Jane's Journey is an intimate look at the life of living legend Jane Goodall and a timely call to save the planet she cares so deeply about. Acknowledged as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall has recently shelved her scientific work to travel and raise awareness of environmental issues. This fascinating documentary explores her brave and revolutionary career, as well as the activism that she considers her most important work to date.
Sunday 14th August | Monday 15th August | Tuesday 16th August at 9:00 pm
Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?
Directed by Taggart Siegel | Italian, English | USA | 2010 | 82 min
In 1923, scientist Rudolf Steiner predicted that in 80 to 100 years, the honeybee population would collapse. With the advent of Colony Collapse Disorder, that prediction is coming true. In this remarkable exploration of the profound importance of bees in the balance of nature, director Taggart Siegel embarks on a pilgrimage around the world, talking with some of the unsung heroes who are dedicated to the survival of the bees – and indeed, of our own species.
All the films have English subtitles.
Free entry, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (screenings start promptly at the specified time).
Venue: The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (location map)