Well, guess that was it. Humankind has fought tooth and nail to repress any realisation that the path of growth and ruthless exploitation is not beneficial for the biosphere that makes our existence possible in the first place. Now, as the Anthropocene depletes the planet, countless rib-eyes are still sizzling away on the grill and no one seems to find a gasoline-fuelled run to the supermarket worth rethinking. 50 years ago, the Club of Rome presented its report on the limits of growth. The films in this program testify to how we have broadly chosen to ignore its warnings, and to how little has changed over the intervening half-century.
Triggerwarning: flicker/flashing lights
Spencer Susser // England, United States // 2021 // 04:20 min
Ralph is a normal rabbit living a normal rabbit existence. In conversation with the Humane Society International for a documentary film production about his life, Ralph speaks about his "occupation" as a "tester" of cosmetic products. Featuring Taika Waititi as Ralph.
Mila Zhluktenko / Daniel Asadi Faezi // Germany, Uzbekistan // 2022 // 13:40 min
The Aral See is gradually vanishing, leaving in its stead an unreal desert landscape. In a cinematic kaleidoscope, an old fisherman, musing, turns his mind to the sea a final time, to say goodbye for good to the dying body of water.
Joanna Vasquez Arong // Philippines // 2020 // 18:30 min
In 2013, Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Accompanied by grainy black-and-white images of the wreckage, the film recalls the catastrophe, the injustices that soon occurred due to corruption and the solidarity among the have-nots.
Guillaume Fournier / Samuel Matteau / Yannick Nolin // Quebec, United States, Canada // 2022 // 11:18 min
It's 2019, and spring flooding in Mississippi is reaching record highs. In Louisiana, the residents of Pierre-Part prepare for the worst. Invoking faith and resilience are the only weapons left when faced with such uncertainty.