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About Steven | By the Water | The Green Zone | Gott ist schon weg (God has already gone ahead) | The Hive | Ikigai: The Shin Biyajima Story | Karinca Kararinca (In a Small Way) | Kitty Crag | Life is NOT a Journey  | Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule | On the Cover | The Old Woman and the Sea | Reiss Auss – Zwei Menschen. Zwei Jahre. Ein Traum (Break Free – Two people. Two years. A dream) | The Reluctant Radical | A Sweet Slavic Secret | Tränen der Olive (Tears of the Olive) | Treasures from the Tides | VAARI a Survival Drop

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About Steven | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Steven's reason to ride.

Monty Scholz | 2018 | 1:59 mins. | South Africa, Spain

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By the Water | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Made famous by his work with Sea Shepherd Global, Siddharth Chakravarty, has returned home to India, to help advocate for the traditional livelihoods under threat by a piece of draft legislation, called CRZ 2018. CRZ 2018, if implemented, will open India’s entire 7,500 km coastline to industry and development; leaving the 170 million people who live mostly by traditional fishing means, out of options. The fishing village of Baguran Jalpai, in the north-east of India, is one of the coastal villages that are now fighting for their very existence. Here, Sid he meets villagers who are struggling to survive from the livelihoods they have known for thousands of years and he discovers the new and exploding industry of shrimp farming. We follow Sid as he investigates the pros and cons of shrimp farming, and how the new legislation will affect this community with broader implications to the rest of the Indian coastline.

Kaelyn S Maehara | 2018 | 12:19 mins. | United Kingdom

By the Water

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Gott ist schon weg (God has already gone ahead) | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

The Egyptian geese marches through the ages: from the bird´s perspective, a centuries-long settlement history is told. While the water level in the pond continues to fall, the inhabitants have the water up the neck. In the end, nothing stays as it was, only the goose suspects nothing bad.

Peter Böving | 2018 | 10 mins. | Germany

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Green Zone | Venue and date to be announced

A dystopian future-world where entry into forests is strictly prohibited except to those lucky winners of the weekly draw. But are they really as lucky as they seem?

Mehmet Kanadli | 2017 | 7:23 min. | Turkey

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The Hive | Venue and date to be announced

A short documentary about a green enclave in the city center of Warsaw.

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Jeremi Skrodzki | 2018 | 9:15 mins. | Poland

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Ikigai: The Shin Biyajima Story | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Shin Biyajima, a Japanese snowboarder, shares the intimate story of how he found his Ikigai or "reason for being" through a lifetime of adoration and exploration of his mountainous backyard of Nagano, Japan. Joined by American snowboarder Travis Rice, Ikigai is an immersion into Shin’s life, Japanese mountain culture, and the similarities between two friends who despite being an ocean apart, grew up with two things in common; the mountain as a classroom and a deep affinity for board riding.

Justin Taylor Smith | 2018 | 15:34 min. | Japan


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Life is NOT a Journey | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

A visual interpretation of an Alan Watts speech.

Oliver Marsden | 2018 | 3 mins. | Australia

Life is NOT a Journey

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Karinca Kararinca (In a Small Way) | Venue and date to be announced

The film Karinca Kararinca focuses on imece, one of the oldest conventions of neighborliness. Through the story of a father and son who mow grass during the hot summer, it narrates the prominence of neighborliness and solidarity. The ants who carry food to the nest in solidarity constitutes a moment of awareness for the child. The old man who stands like a drop of water in the mid of the field gets stronger with the help of neighbors who respond to the boy's invitation. The sound of sycthes mingles with that of the wind, and the songs of the neighbors who carry their concordance and their strength to the field. The neighbors, ultimately, transfer the strength and spectacle of being together to the audience both through vision and sound.

Murat Adiyaman | 2018 | 6:26 mins. | Turkey

Karinca

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Kitty Crag | Venue and date to be announced

Following a day in the life of an ageing craftsman living in the hills of the Lake District, we see what it's truly like to possess unbridled passion and how to find it.

Crew C | 2018 | 3:05 mins. | United Kingdom


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Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule | Newsome Harlow | April 13, 2019

In 1958, four Quaker peace activists set sail for the Marshall Islands--the US nuclear testing zone--to alert the world to the devastating effects of the bomb on people and the environment. When the crew was arrested and jailed in Hawaii, public outcry for their release sparked a movement that led to the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963. Sixty years later, Veterans for Peace has restored this historic wooden boat and embarked on a global mission to end the arms race. Shot on board the Golden Rule during a protest of the Navy's Air and Sea show in San Diego Bay, the film features interviews of veterans whose stories illuminate the true costs of warfare.

James Knight | 2018 | 24:39 mins. | USA


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The Old Woman and the Sea | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Every single day an old fisherwoman takes her little fishing boat out to the ocean. One day she forgets to take along enough bait. So she tries to use a small fish she already caught to catch a bigger one. It's working. The fisherwoman catches fish after fish, one bigger than the last until her greed gets out of control.

Wolfgang Purkhauser, Paul Vollet, Franziska Trast | 2018 | 3:35 mins. | Germany

Old Woman and the Sea

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On the Cover | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

A nature photographer enters a forest and to his surprise, all of the animals begin to pop up in front of his camera, only to have their image on the cover of the magazine.

Yegane Moghaddam | 2018 | 4:20 min. | Islamic Republic of Iran

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On the Roof | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Old-school pigeon flyer Frank spends every day up on a roof in Brooklyn where he finds company, but also faces a changing city that seems to care less and less for a long-standing tradition.

Marie Dupont | 2018 | 25 min. | United States

On the Roof

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Reluctant Radical | Newsome Harlow | April 13, 2019 | Sponsored by Sol Sierra

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken became increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushed for a crisis level response from inside environmental organizations. Those efforts failed, and he now embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances. The Reluctant Radical follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world. Director Lindsey Grayzel, co-producer Deia Schlosberg and cinematographer Carl Davis were three of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. Their charges have been dropped, and they have joined forces to tell Ken’s story through this film.

Lindsey Grayzel | 2018 | 77 minutes | USA

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Reiss Auss – Zwei Menschen. Zwei Jahre. Ein Traum (Break Free – Two people. Two years. A dream) | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019

Ulli and Lena want to leave everything behind them for six months. Their plan: driving from Hamburg to South Africa. But they will never get there. Instead, they are taking their old Land Rover Terés and the 40-year-old roof tent, a present from Ulli's auntie, to a journey of nearly two years crisscrossing West Africa. The stakes are high: to find themselves, to feel oneself again. And not to come back before some fundamental change in their attitude towards life happened. Going 46,000 kilometers, more than once around the world, through 14 West African countries the two experience a different adventure every day. Some of them hard to take. A movie that takes you on a journey as beautiful and wearisome as it can be. A movie that will confuse you, make you happy, shock you and amaze you. That makes you feel alive and takes away your fear of living your dream whatever it may be. A movie that affects you with its fascination and love for Africa from a perspective you haven’t seen before. Pure, unsparing and big-hearted.

Lena Wendt, Ulrich Stirnat | 2018 | 2 hours | Germany


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A Sweet Slavic Secret | Venue and date to be announced

Deep in Serbian countryside, a woman called Andja cooks an ancient fruit preserve called "slatko". It's being prepared inside wooden cabin, on an old wood burning stove. This old Slavic custom is still preserved in its purest (and sweetest) form.

B. R. Tatalovic | 2018 | 4:55 mins. | Serbia

A Sweet Slavic Secret

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Tränen der Olive (Tears of the Olive) | Venue and date to be announced

Tears of the Olive takes the viewer on a magical journey into the ancient culture of olive oil production. What is the secret of olive oil and how is it won? What distinguishes the olive tree? And what significance does the olive have for human culture? On the Podere Usignolo, in Tuscany, sustainability and harmony with nature are practiced and a special olive oil is produced together with diligent helpers. Exactly this unique atmosphere and this beautiful piece of earth presents this film. In the soft glow of the autumnal sun, olives are picked with bare hands. At the End the question arises, what does quality mean, what is the value of the work and how does it affect our personal happiness.

Johannes Ziegler | 2019 | 14:28 min. | Italy

Tranen der Olive

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Treasures from the Tides | Black Bart Playhouse | March 30, 2019 | Sponsored by Dr. Dorit Eliou

Treasures from the Tides tells the story of one small community’s fight to protect the sea turtles of El Salvador. The precious turtle eggs laid on these shores have long been threatened by poachers, but a dedicated all-female local team is providing hope for this vulnerable species. Will their unique conservation initiative succeed?

Catherine Brookes | 2018 | 15:23 min. | El Salvador

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VAARI a Survival Drop | Venue and date to be announced | Sponsored by Dr. Dorit Eliou

A story is about the market, which gradually takes everything in the world into its graft, even water, given by nature and indispensible.

Devender Kishor | 2017 | 9:20 min. | India

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