Film Festival for the desert
The City of Windhoek will play host to the 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP11) from 16 to 27 September. To celebrate this historic occasion, a film festival on deserts and desertification will take place at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) during the period of the Conference.
The first week of screenings will focus on efforts around the world to address the challenges of desertification and drought. The second week will profile three of the world’s unique deserts, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the Sahara Desert, and the Red Colorado Plateau. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion involving experts on the different film topics. The first film to be shown is titled A Thirsty World (La Soif du Monde) on Tuesday, 17 September. A Thirsty World reveals the mysterious world of fresh water in some 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America
Other movies to be screened include Dirt! The Movie. It offers a vision for a new sustainable relationship between humans and soil. Film lovers and environmental activists can also look forward to watching Colors of the Deserts: The Red Colorado Plateau, The Man Who Stopped the Desert, Colors of the Deserts: The White Uyuni and Colors of the Deserts-The Yellow Sahara which will be screened on Thursday, 26 September. This is the story of a 10-day journey across the Egyptian deserts, where the narrator, Petra Haffter,acquaints herself with the irresistible yet cruel beauty of the desert.
All screenings start at 19:00. Entrance is free for all shows.