It ended today the ten-day long international documentary film festival CPH:DOX in Denmark, which aims to spark debates and critical thinking around climate, gender and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Since few years, CPH:DOX is betting on science documentaries considering them to be exceptionally good at communicating new knowledge about the world. Denmark is one of the countries with highest living standards, but the Nordic nation has as well few nefarious records such as Europe’s top waste producer.
The festival took place during the Danish very-own Earth Overshoot Day 2022, the day in which a country’s resource consumption exceed the natural resource budget for that year.
With this year being the first in-person edition after the pandemic, the team had chosen to bring a busting agenda with an abundance of talks and debate with prominent politicians, activists and scientific experts.
Plastic abuse, use and recycling
Steffen Krones’ documentary The North Drift about plastic debris in the ocean and his personal attempt to track in the world’s vast floating ecosystems has been the starting point for two debates around plastic packaging and circularity.
The documentary forces viewers to look at public space and nature in a different way, showing the Norwegian natural reserve of Lofoten covered in layers of plastic residues, leaving the public realize there is no place left uncontaminated.
Within the science programme, the 92 minutes long clip was initially shown at the National Museum of Denmark, which turned into the science screening hub for three days.
Plastic in the oceans is no news, but speakers were ready to enlighten the public who had the chance to ask what themselves stated to be ‘naive questions’ such as: “How can 99 % of plastic end in the ocean?”
Louise Lerche-Gredal, CEO of Copenhagen-based international non-for-profit Plastic Change was invited to its second screening to discuss plastic pollution, shading light on the country state of the art in terms of plastic pollution and policy making.
Animals Welfare and Climate Activism
The programme looked as well into the issues of animal farming, in a world where consumers are more and more interested in plant based diet.
The documentary Just Animals from the Finnish director and animal activist Saila Kivelä touched upon the topic of fighting for animal rights in the context of today’s intensive farming system.
During the debate, the Finnish director was sided by Nordic animal activists and organisations as well as representatives from the Danish Vegetarian Association, and Franciska Rosenkilde, representative of the center-left party Alternativet.
Climate and animal activists were also encouraged to discuss activistm practices and their success in effectively stopping the climate crisis, after the screening of the UK clip REBELLION by Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot, a biography on the Extinction Rebellion in Britain.