A free environmental film festival is coming to Abu Dhabi

Free film festival

The inaugural Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival, organised by Zayed University and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), will be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

From 6th to 8th February, there will be screenings of films highlighting environmental issues, from climate change to single-use plastics, e-waste and food leftovers.

Set to show are Wasted!, produced by legendary chef Anthony Bourdain ), the feature-length documentary The Story of Plastic, Youth Unstoppable, which follows the evolution of the Global Youth Climate Movement (pictured above, right to left). As a pairing for Wasted!, guests can book in for a special dinner, with meals created from food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

To make sure everyone gets the message, screenings are also scheduled for schools around Abu Dhabi, on Etihad flights and even at the giant fish at Masdar Central Park!

The festival, which is free to attend, will also feature artworks created from plastic, talks with environmental activists and a photographers’ gallery that fits the green theme.

For crafty eco-warriors, there’ll be workshops on upcycling and how to change waste plastic into fused plastic leather fashion, so you can do good and look good too.

Khansa Al Blouki, director of Environmental Outreach at the EAD, said: “We aim, through the Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival, to highlight crucial environmental issues from different points of view to inspire and motivate audiences to better understand the threats and challenges that our planet faces.

“The focus of this year’s festival is on waste and its impact on the environment as it is considered one of the main environmental challenges that require public awareness. We aim to change that awareness into positive and sustainable behaviour leading to conserving the environment and achieving the goals put forth by our leaders to ensure a sustainable future for us and future generations.”

Dr Fares Howari, dean and professor of the College of Natural and Health Sciences and College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, added: “The Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival not only reflects our university goals of nurturing a commitment to the environmental sciences, but also promoting more environmental awareness among our communities.”

Free. 6th-8th February. Manarat Al Saadiyat. For timings and more information, visit: facebook.com/seff.ae

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