Climate and Dystopia Screenings Cast an Eye on the Future

The subject of the global climate crisis features on the silver screens of  Tampere Film Festival. In addition to the Climate screenings, the topic is handled in the Dystopia programme and two free-of-charge discussions during the Festival week.

Climate in the Centre 
The Climate Programme consists of three short film screenings and two feature-length documentaries, Thank You for the Rain and Khartoum Offside.

Climate 1: Environment short film screening  is centred on the climate’s effects on people’s daily lives, whereas Climate 2: The People  concentrates on the social climate: the majority of immigrants from Africa are young people who do not feel that their future is secure in their native countries. The films in this screening raise the question of how to give young people hope and a vision of a good life in their native countries. And since climate is a global phenomenon, Climate 3: The Globe  is a diverse collection of short films about climate from all over the world.

The two feature-length documentaries of the programme focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Thank You for the Rain by Julia Dahr (Denmark, 2017) tells the story of a Kenyan farmer and activist Kisilu Musya. Musya starts to plant trees on his farm to protect his crops from erosion, and spreads awareness of the benefits of trees to his neighbourhood as well. Khartoum Offside by Marwa Zein (Sudan, Norway, Denmark, 2019) presents a new, courageous generation in Sudan: a women’s football team fighting for its right to exist.

All the films of Climate screenings are listed here.

Mad, Madder, the Future

The Dystopia programme comments on the current state of our environment and humanity. There are no sombre pictures of threats from the outside, but instead the screenings focus on man made problems such as sustainability and climate crisis. Although the situation is dire and we live on the knife-edge,  a sense of humour as well as hope are present throughout films. 

Dystopia 1 begins with the witty social satire Mercy All The Way (Finland, 2014) by Hannaleena Hauru. It may be seen as a utopia for the men’s movement or a dystopia for the advocates of equal society. Other films in the screening, Wild by Jan Verdijk (the Netherlands, 2019) and Postcards From the End of the World by Konstantinos Antonopoulos (Greece, 2019), observe the traditional, Western nuclear family. In Tierra Mojada by Juan Sebastián Mesa (Colombia, 2018), a Columbian forest echoes our actions.

Whereas the first screening focuses on humans, Dystopia 2 consists of films about what humans do to the environment. The themes include conspicuous consumption, problematic energy sources and intensive farming. In Fruits of the Loom (Finland, 2018) by Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jari Kallio and Antti Jussila, a capitalist and a communist search for new ways to live. The screening concludes with Realms (Finland, 2018) by Patrik Söderlund,  a dreamlike analysis from the beginning of evolution all the way to the end of the human era.

The films of Dystopia Programme are listed here.

Discussions Elaborate on the Themes of the Screenings

Discussion on Climate, organized in cooperation with Siemenpuu Foundation, and focusing on finding solutions for the future, is moderated by Marko Ulvila (Siemenpuu Foundation). Other panelists will be announced later. The discussion takes place in Werstas Auditorium on Saturday the 7th of March at 14.00–15.30. 

Discussion on Dystopia is organized in cooperation with Tampere University and moderated by literary scholar Toni Lahtinen from the research project “Darkening visions: Dystopian fiction in contemporary Finnish literature 2015-2019”.  Other panelists are Hannaleena Hauru, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Risto Isomäki. The discussion takes place in Arthouse Cafe Kehräsaari on Thursday the 5th of March at 18.00–20.00. 

Photo: Scenes from a Dry City (South Africa, 2018)