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November 4, 2011

Seeding the city’s film scene

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 2:44 am

GtB film fest coordinators hope to inspire more local ecological docs with international screenings. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger, Nov. 3 2011

Peter Sallade is worried Beijing’s green film scene will wilt before it even has the chance to bloom.

Sallade is a coordinator for the Greening the Beige (GtB) film festival, which is backed by the local artsy ecology NGO of the same name. The event features several indie films covering a spectrum of environmental turmoil. Those entries include Renzo Zanelli’s “El Perro Del Hortelano,” which is the first movie ever written and produced by indigenous Peruvians. It focuses on natives protesting their ousting from the Amazon jungle by ravenous oil companies. The GtB roster also features “Kathmandu Troubled Water,” a Nepalese documentary detailing government mismanagement that leaves the capital’s main river stagnant and its citizens parched.

In fact, the GtB movies cover green issues in every corner of the globe- except for the very locale where the event is housed. Sallade says none of the films touch on China’s pollution problems, and not a single Beijing director submitted a film.

Liu Yusi, another coordinator for the GtB festival, says the events’ international films will hopefully seed Beijing’s documentary scene with environmentalist inspiration.






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