On the weekend from 22. to 23. of March, the Society of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Göteborg) held a movie festival. The theme of this year`s festival was sustainable world. There were 5 movies screened and each of them told its own special story. Skype conference with directors followed 3 of them as well, which was a great opportunity to find out more about the happenings behind the curtains and how the stories from the films are developing now.The first screened movie was called Rafea: Solar mama. It was about Bedouin woman from Jordan who got an opportunity to participate in the project to become a solar engineer. There were also other women participating in the project, but the movie director said she was moved by Rafea. Her story was very complicating because of old family values in their society. At one point she even had to leave the Barefoot college in India because of issues at home with her husband and children. But her strong spirit kept her to pursue her dreams to become a solar engineer. And as movie director said on skype, she is still pursuing her goals. Very inspiring.

The next one was called E-Wasteland. This film was most different. It did not involve any spoken word and was about 30min long. There were only 2-3 text pages which introduced some facts about the electrical waste which arrived in Ghana. The camera focus was on poor Ghana settlers who survive by separating and burning the parts of electronic equipment (TV, radio, freezers, computers,..) to get the valuable metal parts out of it. The film had an impact of silence on the public.

The last screened film on saturday was Edible City. It was about good food movement which encourages and helps to build sustainable local economies together with grassroots movements. According to the skype conversation with director this is something special in the USA because people are much more individualized than in Europe. This type of activism is important there because it involves people into a community where they are provided with high-quality food on reasonable prices. The second impact of this movements is that it makes segregated communities come to life and keeps some people out of trouble by providing them work.

On Sunday, there were two movies played. First one was The Chocolate Farmer and the second one was Capitalism is the Crisis which wrapped up the whole film festival because of its wide perspective. The Chocolate Farmer was a movie about a cacao farmer who is descendant of Maya people. It showed how their community is dissolving because of incoming ideas of individualism and what kind of effects it has directly on their lifestyle and nature.

And the movie Capitalism is the Crisis was directed by Michael Truscello who is an assistant professor at the Mount Royal University. The movie was not filmed by the movie crew so it was a collage of tapes and scenes from various happenings, news and protest following the crisis of 2008. The movie was trying to show how the austerity measures affected people and what is currently happening in the world. This film is significant nowadays because we are living in direct consequences of 2008 collapse.

The film festival was very well visited with good movies showed and Fika at the faculty did the job after the Friday and Saturday night. I believe next years film festival will be even better.

Photos by UF members. Written by Nejc Jordan.