Special Topic “Our Water”

This year the Greenmotions Film Festival is setting a special example with the special topic “Our Water”. We think that the topic of water will bring great challenges for our society in the future! That is why we have announced a special prize for film submissions on this trend-setting topic. Our external jury viewed the films, rated them, discussed intensely and chose a winner. Who has won the award will be announced
on Sunday evening at the award ceremony after the short film evening.

We had a lot of great submissions and are looking forward to presenting you the seven most inspiring films and then discussing with you and the filmmakers about their works.

Thursday 6:00 p.m. : Pre-film: Swimming lessons, Dimitris Giouzepas (GR 2020 | OmeU | 5min)

An attempt to recreate the multi-sensory experience of a blind person during their first swimming lesson.

Thursday 6:00 p.m. : Opening film 1: Coral Woman, Priya Thuvassery (IN 2019 | OmeU | 50min)

The Filmmaker’s journey with Uma Mani, a certified scuba diver, exploring the underwater world and the threat to the coral reefs of the Gulf of Mannar. Born in a traditional family, inspired by the beauty of the corals, Uma learnt how to swim, dive and paint in her 50s, and has since been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental crisis through her paintings.

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Thursday 6:00 p.m. : Opening film 2: Waterproof, Daniela König (D 2019 | OmU | 87min)

Khawla Al-Sheikh was the first female plumber in Jordan to set up an NGO and train new plumbers. The home visits with their business enable many Jordanian housewives, in a country already affected by water scarcity, to get repairs carried out by a female person in the absence of their husband. Waterproof tells the story of friendship, women empowerment, corruption and outdated role models in the working world.

Friday 5:00 p.m. : Short film program:

Plastic River, Manuel Camia (It 2019 | OmeU | 15min)
Kokoly, Garth Cripps, Paul Antion (MG, GB 2019 | OmeU | 15min)
Until the last drop, Tim Webster (PS 2020 | OmeU | 20min)

We are dedicating three short films to this year’s topic „Our Water“, which impressively deal with this precious resource approaching the topic from different perspectives. An afternoon that shows us the beauty and vulnerability of this livelihood, highlights issues such as plastic pollution of water bodies, marine protection and scarcity of resources and lets us take part closely in the life of the protagonists.

Saturday 3:30 p.m. : One word, Viviana Uriona (D, MH 2020 | OmU | 83min)

A participatory documentary about the consequences of climate change, which was developed and implemented in film workshops with the involvement of the population of the Marshall Islands. Much of the Marshall Islands is less than two meters above sea level. Negative forecasts assume that the islands will go under by 2050. The filmmakers trusted that the Marshallese residents were the only reliable experts on the history of their country.