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Millenium International Film Documentary Festival

20 March 2015, 0:00 to 28 March 2015, 0:00

The United Nations Environment Programme is proud to be partner of the 7th edition of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival taking place from 20-28 March 2015 in Brussels.

The Festival, which had over 7500 visitors in 2014 including a well mediatized visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is screening some 80 documentaries on issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, soon to be replaced by Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to inform and engage with the audience in discussions on international development issues and bring positive messages of human solidarity and human dignity.

In 2015 the overall theme of the Millenium Film Festival is “Millennium for all” with a particular focus on  Human Rights, Women and Children, and the Environment.

As voice for the environment in the UN System and exponent of the environment for development, UNEP is supporting this year’s Festival as part of the UN Team in Brussels. As an official partner of the festival it is also contributing to the debate.

On 27 March, Thierry Lucas, UNEP’s Ecosystems Management Regional Sub-programme Coordinator for Europe, participates in the debate following the screening of "North South Water Transfer" ( Sud Eau Nord Déplacer), at the Cinema Aventure, salle 1, at 18.30. See below.

The very rich Festival agenda includes several documentaries on environmental issues. To name a few:

Saturday, 21 March, 2015 - 10:30 to 11:15, Cinéma Galeries

The Nan Shui Bei Diao – "North South Water Transfer" – is the world’s largest water transfer project, stretching between southern and northern China. Following the steps of this national project, this film maps the ever-changing state of a territory redesigned by engineers, where cement reaches beyond the grasslands, rivers leave their beds, deserts become forests, and where voices gradually grow stronger, asking for justice and the right to be heard. While matter is decomposing and individual concern is rising, an artificial, science fiction landscape is taking over.

Additional screenings : 22/03 - 16:00 - Cinéma Aventure (salle 3), 27/03 - 18:30 - Cinéma Aventure ( salle1)

Saturday, 21 March, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:15, Cinéma Aventure

Additional screening: 22 March – 18:00 - Cinema Aventure (Room 2)

Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The filmmakers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate. 

Saturday, 21 March, 2015 -20:30 to 21:50 , CIVAS 

After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, one of the worst environmental disasters in history, residents refused to integrate into an exclusion zone. They persisted in living on their lands, perpetuating their tradition and tales. Twenty-five years later, as the members of this community look back on their past, what do they see? What do their grandchildren think of it? What are the reasons to stay or leave? It is in the village of Dytiaky, on the edge of the "zone", with these "revenants" and their families, that Delphine Fedoroff explores those questions.

Saturday, 21 March, 2015 -18:00 to 19:20

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons pollute our lands and oceans. The state of emergency has been declared: dumped munitions corrode. They are a threat to environment and sometimes kill the people who live next to abandoned arsenals. Rick Stauber, a U.S. Army veteran, spent his life hunting and neutralising those weapons. His quest takes us all around the world and invites us to meet communities who are affected by the presence of weapons of mass destruction.

Sunday, 22 March, 2015 - 20:00 to 21:30, Cinéma Aventure

Two childhood friends decide to leave everything behind to explore the world. From New York to New Delhi, the film shows a geographical and spiritual journey towards another of way of seeing the place of man in this world. Their initiation on various continents is an invitation to reconsider our connection with nature, our definition of happiness and our take on the meaning of life.

 Additional screening: 25/03 - 5.30 pm - Cinema Aventure

Monday, 23 March, 2015 -21:15 to 22:10, Cinéma Galeries 

The people of Bagadadji, a village located in a national park of Senegal, require fundings to build fences in order to defend their fields from protected animals which, year after year, destroy their harvests. At the same time, those farmers demand the recognition of the rural lifestyle they cherish and that is widely neglected nowadays. 

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015 - 18:00 to 18:55, Cinéma Aventure

What is the fate of McMurray? Will it keep descending into a spiral of oil dollars and greed, or is there more space for pine forests and rivers? After directing his web documentary game, David Dufresne keeps investigating in the town which was created thanks to the intensive exploitation of natural resources. This movie raises the debate on human greed and its tendency to destroy nature and human values in the quest for black gold.

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015 -19:45 to 20:45,  Cinéma Galeries  

Niels is 79 years old and one of the last idealist farmers in the agricultural country of Denmark. He runs with his wife Rita a biodynamic farm and works in perfect harmony with the universe. His products are distributed to some of the best restaurants in the world and are much appreciated by consumers. But not everyone is equally fond of his production: the authorities threaten to close down his farm! Good Things Await follows their struggle to make sure that they are not the last to do agriculture the way they do. Otherwise, his life might fall apart.

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015 - 20:30 to 22:00, Cinéma Aventure

It is the story of a universal and familiar tool: barbed wire. It dates back to the first settlers, the spirit of conquest and the control of the wilds. It is rooted into the American West’s development. It is the story of a small farming tool that became integrated into political history with the help of growing capitalism. It is the history of the evolution of surveillance and control techniques. The reversal of a relationship between man and animals. It is the story of the world of fencing in and the fencing in of the world.

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