Science Film Festival 2013

Date: 24 November 2013
Venue: MAP KL Solaris outdoor stage (Green Action Day)

The Goethe-Institut Malaysia in cooperation with the Malaysian Nature Society, the Malaysian-German Institute, SIEMENS, the Ministry of Education and MAP Publika is organising the Science Film Festival 2013: Energy and Sustainability in Kuala Lumpur from 21 November – 15 December.

The Malaysian film selection comprises 20 films from 13 Asian and European countries. This is the third year of Science Film Festival in Malaysia and the festival has grown considerably in Malaysia and in the whole ASEAN region with more than 350,000 viewers. During the festival period there will be screenings at the Nature Park in Kuala Selangor, MAP KL Solaris, at the German-Malaysian Institute and SIEMENS as well as at more than 450 schools nationwide.

Admin: There have been very little publicity surrounding this festival. We’ve not been able to find any information about the screening times at the MAP KL outdoor stage, so for more information please contact Goethe-Institute Malaysia’s Cultural Programme Coordinator David Ngui Tel: 03-2164 2011 or MAP KL Tel: 03-6207 9732.

We’ve picked two shorts (10 minutes) and one documentary which are related to water and marine. 

Title: Nineandahalf: A Sea of Plastic – Are Our Oceans Becoming a Dump?

Director: Juliane Kuhr
Produced by: tvision
Country: Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 10 min.
Age Group: All ages
There’s a lot of plastic swimming in our oceans. Part of it comes from ships, which dump their garbage into the ocean. But tourists also often throw their waste into the water. And there it remains for a very long time: a plastic bottle for example takes 450 years before it is decomposed. What effect does the garbage have on animals living in the sea? Why can’t we see the majority of the plastic waste? And why might even Johannes’ fish sandwich contain traces of plastic? All this and more is covered in this episode of “nineandahalf”.

Title: Earth to Future: Clean Water for All
Director: Kai Schmitt
Produced by: tvision for KiKA – The Children’s Channel by ARD and ZDF
Country: Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 10 min.

Age Group: All ages 

How can water shortage around the world be solved in the future? On a quest for answers, Felix visits the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Studies in Leipzig. Here, researchers are working on a project that seeks to improve water usage in Jordan, one of the driest countries in the world. With the help of algae wastewater processing plants, waste water is filtered and transformed into clean water. Also in the episode, Felix demonstrates the conscious and sparing use of water.

“Earth to Future” is a new programme by KiKA – The Children’s Channel by ARD and ZDF, the two largest public broadcasters in Germany, which explores technologies in each episode that will change our lives in the future. Felix, the presenter, looks for ideas that will improve our lives and lets the technologies of tomorrow be explained to him by scientists at the cutting edge.

Title: Mekong
Director: Douglas Varchol
Produced by: Douglas Varchol with support from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the CGIAR Challenge Programm for Water and Food (CPWF) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Country: Laos / Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam
Year: 2013
Running Time: 52 min.
Age Group: Above 12

The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries: Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. For the people in the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides more fish to more people than any other river in the world. With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, it is the world’s most valuable inland fishery.

The question is how can these seemingly opposite demands be met – sustainable development of a region and the rising demands for energy and economic growth? At the same time, more than 140 dams are currently planned, under construction or commissioned for different rivers in the basin. If constructed, this will radically alter the basin’s hydrology, its ecology and, consequently, the lives of millions who depend upon it.