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Is ‘Cinema Diverse 2020’ an Environmental Film Festival?

This year’s Cinema Diverse has set its focus on environmental issues and sustainable energy. Hosted by the documentary club at Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Cinema Diverse will screen 4 selected documentary films with different environmental themes such as the environmental effects from the fashion industry, urban planning with green and open space design, waste management, and recycling and alternative energies.

The 4 documentaries that will be screened highlight some important issues that fall under the topic of environmental sustainability. But we can’t help but notice that they have left out quite a big one. There is one topic that has a bigger environmental impact than arguably all 4 of these topics put together – Food. With documentaries like ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Before The Flood’ shedding light on the huge environmental impact of our current food system, we would have liked to have seen this topic covered.

Despite this missing chapter, it is still very exciting to see these topics given airtime in a forum like this here in Bangkok.

Hosted over 2 weekends, 22-23 & 29-30 Aug, each movie screening will begin at 5pm and will be followed by a talk (in Thai) with speakers who are experts in various fields of environmental and ecological matters.

Saturday 22 August 2020

“The True Cost” (92 min)

Speaker: Kamonnart Ongwandee from Fashion Revolution Thailand

The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan that focuses on fast fashion. It discusses several aspects of the garment industry from production—mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death.

Sunday 23 August 2020

“Waste Land” (99 min)

Speaker: Sinchai Thiensiri the director of (TIPMSE)

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Saturday 29 August 2020

“Tomorrow” (118 min)

Speaker: Assistant Professor Asan Suwanarit and Tansorn Pornpanyapat

Filmmakers Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion travel worldwide to investigate concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges.

Sunday 30 August 2020

“Time to Choose” (100 min)

Speaker: Phongsathorn La-Iad-on

The worldwide challenges of climate change and the innovators and leaders who work to find a solution.

Location: Bangkok Arts And Culture Centre

Time: 5pm

*Free Entry

*Documentaries in English with Thai Subtitles

*Talks will be held in Thai

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If you can’t make the documentary screenings, check out our top 10 Food and Sustainability Documentaries you can watch at home.

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