25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Campaign Against the Climate
director: Mads Ellesøe
original title: The Campaign Against the Climate
running time: 53 min.
An investigative documentary unravels the net of complex relationships and motivations behind the groups that refuse to acknowledge potentially fatal impacts of the climatic crisis. Research and predictions of climatic experts and specialists from other related fields of science are questioned by communication specialists who reduce the issue to a task of finding convincing arguments to be fed to the general public. Given the world of lobbying and post-truth we live in, it's hardly surprising that some of the most influential anticlimactic think-tanks are financed by the biggest producers of fossil fuel. A gripping insight into the art of deception starts in 1988, the year when the world was getting ready to fight the climatic change. Ever since then, oil companies have worked behind the scenes, supporting or even organizing events in order to destroy or at least slow down environmental movements struggling to protect our planet, and to make the society turn against them.
“Mads Ellesøe is a journalist who can take on both the fine details and the big perspective. Both the compassionate portrait and the big revelation.”
Recorded Q&A with the director:
Mads Ellesøe (1977) is a Danish filmmaker with experience in journalism and TV news. He was director of the international documentaries unit at DR. In his work, Mads focuses on investigative reporting and issues of global consequences. He is especially famous for his film The Child Soldier's New Job (2016) about former child soldiers recruited by private army companies.
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|producer:||Sidsel Marie Jacobsen|
|photography:||Mathias Strømfeldt, Anders Aagaard|
other films in the section
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Lithuania, Latvia, France / 2020 / 85 min.
This film provides a raw look at the summer 2014 bombing of Gaza, accompanied by the never-ending search for and treatment of the wounded, and the clearing away of blood and human remains. The young Mohamed Jabaly joins an ambulance crew and, under the constant threat of sudden death, brings a chilling eyewitness account from a place dominated by the chaos of war, despair, and fear.
Norway, Palestinian Territories / 2016 / 80 min.
Tadmor bears witness to one of the worst Syrian jails while showing the incredible strength of desire to live. Eight former Lebanese prisoners act out and describe the horrific experiences, feelings of fear and hopelessness, and the systematic torture and abuse that was intended to physically and mentally destroy the detainees.
Gabriela Bussmann, Slim Lokman, Monika Borgmann
France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / 2016 / 103 min.
Lying at the heart of the film is Virginia Woolf's rhetorical question whether we really perceive the images of war in the same manner. These considerations provoked the director of the film to carry out an unusual audiovisual experiment. He presented several volunteers with 40 videos published freely on the Internet, which depict various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Closed in the viewing booth, they can play any of the clips, stop them at will, replay them, and comment on them. Their act of viewing, however, is recorded. And the director's dialogue with one particular participant eventually becomes an essential part of the film. “It’s a film about a breakdown of communication, but that also becomes dialogue, although it’s a problematic dialogue.” R. Alexandrowicz Q&A with the director of The Viewing Booth Ra'ananem Alexandrowiczem:
The Viewing Booth
Israel / 2019 / 72 min.
Joseph Kony, the self-appointed leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, abducted tens of thousands of children in northern Uganda over the course of twenty-five years and trained them to kill. In the interview led by the film’s director, the trio of narrators return to the site of their captivity and, with a touch of bizarre humor, replay the merciless daily routine of their stolen childhood in the bush.
France, Belgium, Germany / 2015 / 133 min.
Central European Premiere
This analytical documentary follows the young Canadian Daniel Voshart, who became involved in a high-profile American police shooting case. We are presented with a study of a conflict between an academic interest to determine the true course of events and morality, personal interests, and public emotion. Is any person’s view of a situation ever objective?
Canada / 2016 / 29 min.
Director Carmen Losmann’s film looks for answers to some of the crucial questions of today: Why is economic inequality on the rise? Why are both individuals and states increasingly indebted? Why is it that it is the clients who pay the most for bank crises? In order to understand the rules of a game, from which only a very small percentage of the participants benefit, she approached representatives of the banking and financial sector. Some wished to remain anonymous. The director put their answers into the mouths of actors and supplemented them with illustrative computer graphics. The document thoroughly, clearly and with foresight, analyzes the paradoxes of continuous economic growth and presents a tangible form of a system whose mechanisms should remain invisible in the interests of capitalism.
Germany / 2020 / 89 min.
This documentary portrait explores the life and works of the Austrian author Peter Handke (1942). Through interviews, quotes, and archive materials Corrina Belz takes a look at the life and thoughts of this famous artist. She has created an empathic and inspirational film about the perception of reality and how it is transformed into a work of art, initiating questions about how one should live.
Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late
Germany / 2016 / 89 min.
In the more than six hundred pages of his best-selling Capital in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty explores why the one-sided accumulation of capital leads to increasingly greater social inequalities and the transformation of a democracy into an oligarchy. Director Justin Pemberton has taken this book, rich in graphs, numbers and complex economic terms, and transformed it into an energetic audiovisual lecture, which, with the contribution of leading economic experts, explains the history of the complicated relationship between power and prosperity. This alluring kaleidoscopic collage humorously exposes the weaknesses of capitalism and points out what we may lose if we fail to reverse current developments. “While we were making the film, I thought of Capital as a wild animal that can be really destructive when it’s just left to roam and follow its instincts but actually can be tamed and used for good and under the right circumstances.” J. Pemberton
Capital in the 21st Century
France, New Zealand / 2019 / 103 min.
In a collage of private scenes and fragments of medialized events as part of the “war on terror”, Guli Silberstein uses his typical method of digital image degradation with the help of compression algorithms to draw attention to the actual process of remediating images and thus in two way raises questions as to their representation, credibility, and the emotions that they can carry.
Stuff As Dreams
United Kingdom / 2016 / 6 min.
An everyday observation of Syrian men who have volunteered to be suicide bombers in the struggle against the government. The mosaic of monologues and testimonies slowly changes into a “conversation with the enemy” in an attempt at breaking through unspoken cultural prejudices.
Dugma: The Button
Syria, Norway / 2016 / 58 min.
At the end of September 2014, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa School of Education was brutally attacked by the police and masked assailants while passing through the city of Iguala. Six people were killed and another forty-three are missing after being abducted. Since then, their relatives have been living in uncertainty, unsuccessfully asking government authorities for the truth. In their minds, the victims are still alive. By alternating meditative, lyrical images and intimate interviews with the survivors, Ai Weiwei builds a complex, overly empathetic account of the tragedy caused by the repressive practices of a corrupt state where justice is almost impossible to obtain. „The film is not an investigative documentary. It puts aside the facts uncovered by investigations into the case, paying more attention to how human survival is maintained under such circumstances. How does an ordinary family, after losing a loved one, face this society? How do they face themselves in their domestic lives? They must confront a reality they are unprepared for, which is the need to demand justice from the government and society.“ A. Weiwei
Germany, Mexico / 2020 / 112 min.