Must watch: Environmental Film Festival Australia

By The Weekender Travel

November 2, 2020 | 3 minute read

Do you love this beautiful land around you? Do you love climbing the mountains, wandering the coastline, drinking wine in the hinterlands? Then it’s time to act, because it won’t be here forever.  

Environmental Film Festival Australia is running all week, bringing a program of important environmental films, panel discussions and workshops that will entertain, educate and spur us into action. 

Running as a digital only event, the theme of the week is Out of this World. It’s the first of four seasonal events to come, shining a light on the environmental issues that affect us today. 

Festival director Nathan Senn says that EFFA is more than just a film festival, it's a catalyst for positive and sustainable change.

The program features films from some of the world’s most talented and socially conscious filmmakers. Some sound quirky, others utterly bizarre, but all incredibly interesting. A French dystopian rom-com about a world where jellyfish have overrun the seas and only one whale is left? Sure, why not!

One of the standouts on the lineup is a cooking workshop with Nornie Bero from Indigenous cafe Mabu Mabu in Yarraville. Nornie will take you through how to cook Sabee Domboi (flour dumplings) and bring Australian flavours into your home. 

There’s also a special masterclass with director Liz Marshall about how documentaries can be used to challenge the status quo. Plus, another not to be missed is the Reimagining Landscapes panel, a discussion examining how Indigenous knowledge, emerging technologies and creative perspectives are crucial in foreseeing what lies ahead of us. 

In the opening event for the festival, Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin shared some reminders about the responsibilities we have as citizens of the earth. 

Humanity has not been listening to mother nature, he warned. We've also not been listening to the vast knowledge of the earth that exists within the Indigenous community.

“For 200 years here in Australia we have been relying on science to come up with solutions to the problems. And yet there is Indigenous knowledge deeply ingrained in the land, in the air, in the water, that we can actually learn from and adapt to the changing times that we have,” Uncle Dave said.  

“We cannot continue to live in the way that we have. We need to look towards a sustainable future. Not for me, not for you that are here today, not for my grandchildren who are alive today, not for my great grandchildren, but for the future generations for hundreds of generations to come. Just as Aboriginal people have looked after the land for 5000 generations,” he said. 

Truer words have never been spoken. 

If you want to learn more about how we can start healing this earth, the festival is running until Sunday 8th November. There are both free and paid events and tickets are available at eventive.org.