It doesn't seem five minutes since we were looking forward to the 2014 UK Green Film Festival programme, and now the 2015 festival is only a handful of weeks away.

UK Green Film Festival

UK Green Film Festival

A whole host of UK and European premieres will be on show at the festival - which starts on the 3rd May - as films from around the world that highlight environmental themes will be screened.

We take a look at the seven feature length documentaries that make up the festival this year - and there are some interesting ideas and themes that are explored by each of them.

- Bikes vs Cars

Bikes vs Cars is the film that have the honour of kicked off the festival on opening night as Fredrik Gertten returns to the director's chair with this new feature.

Gertten is no stranger to the documentary genre with the likes of Bye Bye Malmö and Bananas!* under his belt, but this is his first feature film since Big Boys Gone Bananas!* back in 2011.

Bikes vs Cars received its world premiere at the SXSW festival in Texas earlier this month, and will get its European premiere in the festival in London.

This Swedish movie looks at the one billion cars that are in the world and the damage that we are doing to the planet. Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: an ever-growing, dirty and polluting traffic chaos.

The movie takes us into the chaos of traffic on the world's roads every day, while we meet activists and thinkers who are battling to make things better.

Bikes vs Cars

- Above All Else

Above All Else is one of three American films on the programme this year and is the latest offering from director John Fiege

Above All Else is only the second feature film documentary from Fiege, and comes eight years after be made his debut with documentary Mississippi Chicken.

Above All Else is one of the movies on the UK Green Film Festival programme that I am looking forward to the most after it was met with rave reviews at SXSW festival earlier this month. The movie will receive its UK premiere at the festival in May.

One man risks his family and future when he rallies against the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline in Texas. David Daniel rallies neighbours and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockage of the controversial pipeline.

What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.

Above All Else

- Divide In Concord

Kris Kaczor and Dave Regos are showing off their feature film documentary debuts at the festival as Divide In Concord gets its UK premiere.

This is another of the documentaries from America and follows eighty four year old Jean Hill as she tries to ban the sale of bottled water in her home town of Concord Massachusetts.

However, she does have a battle on her hands and not everyone is in agreement. Merchants are wary of the bylaw; philanthropist, model, and celebrity publicist Adriana Cohen calls it an attack on freedom; and billions of dollars at stake, the International Bottled Water Association send in the cavalry.

Divide In Concord is set to be one of those interesting documentaries that sees people fight tooth and nail for what they believe in - they are always the most interesting and powerful films in this genre. So far, Divide and Concord does seem to be winning over the critics and I am looking forward to seeing what Kaczor and Regos deliver.

Divide In Concord

- Good Things Await

Denmark is also represented at the festival this year, as Good Things Await will receive its UK premiere.

The movie sees Phie Ambo back in the director's chair and is one of two female filmmakers whose work is part of the 2015 programme.

Good Things Await take a look into the farming world and some of the more unusual methods undertaken by Niels Stokholm. Approaching eighty, Niels still runs his biodynamic farm with his with Rita in accordance with spiritual law.

Living in the Danish countryside, the idealistic couple face regular visits - and fines - from government inspectors pointing out their unusual methods. At the same time, a businessman wants to distribute products to some of the finest and hippest Michelin star restaurants in the world.

Niels Stockholm looks set to be a charming central character in a film in a film that is both an intriguing and engrossing look at the world of farming.

Good Things Await

- H20mx

H20mx is set to be another interesting documentary not to miss as it looks at the major problem facing Mexico City... it was not built anywhere near water.

Directing by Jose Cohen and Lorenzo Hagerman, explores how this huge city is going to mobilise its 22 million citizens to become water sustainable.

To supply the city with fresh water is such a task that it has become compulsory to bring water in from other states. In addition, once sewage water leaves the city it ends up in agriculture. How is this city going to cope as the population keeps on expanding?

H20mx marks the feature film directorial debut for Cohen, while this is the third film of Hagerman's career.

H20mx

- Sud Eau Nord Déplacer

Sud Eau Nord Déplacer is a movie that sees France and China come together to focus on the bigger water transfer project in history.

Sud Eau Nord Déplacer follows the journey along the Nan Shui Bei Diao, an adventurous scheme to move water from the south to the north of China.

By travelling across the country, from the developed eastern coast to the uninhabited mountains of Tibet, it is possible to understand the consequences of the project: landscapes shaped by engineers who exert power over land, who work carefully to assure control and yield.

Sud Eau Nord Déplacer sees Antoine Boutet in the director's chair for the second feature of his career. He made his debut back in 2009 with Le plein pays.

Sud Eau Nord Déplacer

- Seeds Of Time

Sandy McLeod is the second female director on the programme this year with Seeds Of Time, which is the third of three documentaries from the U.S. not to miss.

Seeds of Time is the third documentary of McLeod's career but only the second for the big screen - coming after Asylum back in 2003.

This is another agriculture themed movie and follows pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally.

Seeds of Time follows Fowler and other farmers as they try to rescue and protect one resource that we just cannot live without: our seeds.

The movie played at the SXSW festival in 2014, and it is set to be a big hit at the UK Green Film Festival this spring.

Seeds Of Time

UK Green Film Festival runs from 3rd - 10th May.


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