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Announcing the (Virtual) Planet in Focus International Film Festival 2020

Canada’s largest environmental film festival is coming soon and, you guessed it, will be held online! 

With a growing demand for health awareness on issues such as human rights and climate change, Planet in Focus will showcase international talent through their four-day online film festival.

Reflecting on the current state of the world, these films are sure to enhance your interest and knowledge of these subjects. Individual tickets are only $8, or see more and pay less with an all-access festival pass for $30! All tickets and passes must be purchased before October 18, and select films will be available for viewing until October 23. 

Some feature-worthy films to check out are:

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel 

Concentrating on social justice issues, this sequel to the 2003 documentary focusing on corporate greed, is a must-see during the pandemic. Understand why these businesses’ have a big responsibility to respond to the current crises appropriately.

Coronation

Directed by artist Ai Weiwei, in secret, this documentary captures life in Wuhan, China at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Conscience Point

This documentary shines a light on the lives of the Shinnecock Indian Nation peoples and the ongoing struggle to maintain their ancestral land, rather than being overtaken by corporations.

Makongo

This observational-style documentary features life in the Central African Republic, which faces challenges in the form of poverty, illiteracy, and ethnic prejudice. It presents a “classic tale of ingenuity and bravery in pursuit of a sustainable future.” 

Meat the Future

Look into our future with this Canadian film exposing the dangers of, and issues created by, the global consumption of meat. Health-conscious viewers discover that the future of animal products is looking “clean” with the innovation of lab-grown meat. 

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

You can say that again. This feature film captures the essence of dog-human companionship. This loving tale shows more affection than we are used to seeing in the midst of the pandemic, as we explore the human-canine connection throughout 11 countries. 

See Also

Workhorse

Another amazing Canadian documentary (made in Toronto!), Workhorse examines the role horses used to play in our society and portrays these beautiful creatures in a black-and-white cinematography experience sure to enlighten your soul. 

Planet in Focus will also be hosting a program of four short films, addressing the major concerns of today including environmental racism, indigenous experiences, the natural world, and the pandemic.

Also available for streaming are Planet in Focus Eco-Hero events, which will be shown across their social media platforms for FREE. 

For the complete list of showings, more information, and to purchase your tickets visit https://planetinfocus.org/2020-festival/

Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Their mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore, and tell stories about the world in which we live. 

Film is used as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion, and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues for audiences of all backgrounds.

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