After six days of screenings and intense debates, the jurys of the Cinema Planeta – Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México voted for the graduates of the 7th edition. And the winners are…
Mejor tratamiento original de un tema ambiental
Switzerland, 2014 | 96′ | Director: Matthias von Gunten
Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific island nation is one of the first countries on the verge of sinking as a result of rising sea levels. Whereas for us the warming of the planet occurs almost solely in the media, it is changing the entire existence for the inhabitants of Thule and Tuvalu. The film portrays how they are forced to abandon their traditional way of life as they move towards an unknown future.
Walking Under Water
Poland/UK/Germany, 2014 | 76’| Director: Eliza Kubarska
Badjao always survived from fishing, but now they cannot compete with big fishing vessels so to fish more effectively, they use the most dangerous methods as compressor diving. A compressor diver dives down to 30 meters, only with a rubber pipe in his mouth and Oxygen provided from a boat above, supported by usually poorly working engine.Unaware of decompression sickness they believe that pain is caused by evil spirits who, if offended, can harm or make them die. This is a story about a 10 years old boy Sari who wants to learn how to be a compressor diver. Through this personal story we present the dramatically changing landscape of the paradise islands and its people in Borneo.
Serra Pelada, The Legend of the Gold Mountain
Brazil, 2013 | 100′ | Director: Víctor Lopes
Brazil, 1979. While swimming in a river near Serra Pelada, 430 km south of the mouth of the Amazon River, a boy finds a small gold nugget. Soon word of his discovery spreads; hundreds of prospectors arrive within a week, then 10,000 within a month, followed by 100,000 over the years. The mountain is transformed into an open pit mine, where thousands of miners shouldering sacks of minerals scramble up and down ladders. An emblematic place, immortalized by Sebastião Salgado in a famous account, but now a small lake contaminated by the accumulation of mercury used in gold mining.
Premio del Público
All the Time in the World
Canada, 2014 | 89′ | Director: Suzanne Crocker
In search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches. Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children, All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment – parents connecting with children, children connecting with nature.