On Saturday, 3 December 2011, the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK), together with the UNU Media Centre and Kanazawa City, will organize the Environmental Film Festival in Kanazawa. This festival, held for the third consecutive year, aims to enhance understanding and raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and challenges, through the power of visual images.
The festival includes an impressive line-up of contemporary films from Japan. In addition to the documentary Book of Seasons – A Year in Kanazawa — which offers an observation of the relationship between Kanazawa City’s rich environment and culture through the four seasons — this year’s festival will also feature the film Guardians of Kaga’s Green Forests, an exploration into the Kaga Forest Association.
The festival also will also showcase the documentaries From Mountain to Sea – A Vision to Rebuild Tohoku, which investigates Japan’s reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Satoumi, a documentary based on conservation activities in coastal areas throughout Japan. Additionally, the festival will feature commentaries by the filmmakers and others affiliated with the projects.
The Environmental Film Festival in Kanazawa will be held in the Lecture Hall of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
13:00 – Welcoming Remarks by Anne McDonald (Director, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa [UNU-IAS OUIK])
13:10 – Book of Seasons – A Year in Kanazawa — Commentator: Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda (Research Leader, UNU-IAS OUIK); Interpreter: Mari Shioya (PhD Fellow, UNU-IAS OUIK)
14:30 – Guardians of Kaga’s Green Forests — Commentator: Masaaki Shimizu (Executive Director, Kaga Forest Association)
15:00 – From Mountain to Sea – A Vision to Rebuild Tohoku — Commentator: Kaori Brand (UNU Media Centre)
15:25 – Satoumi — Commentator: Anne McDonald (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)
17:00 – Closing Remarks by Yuji Akimoto (Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Registration is free and open to the public. For further information and registration details, see the UNU-IAS website.
This event is supported by Ishikawa Prefecture, Hokkoku Shimbun Newspaper, Sophia University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF), Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoE), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MFA).