This session exhibits the multiple ways that film engages with environmental issues. We'll screen four eco-feminist films – a hypnotic experiment in plant life, an African sci-fi allegory, an inspiring activist-documentary, and a compelling indictment of extractive logic – that sensitise us to the fragility of the natural world and galvanise us to change society in order to preserve it.
The first – Rose Lowder’s experimental short of her garden (2005) – provides a vision of flux and movement that aims to put us alongside plant being. The second – Pumzi (2009) – gives us a sci-fi dystopia of water crisis and environmental collapse. The third – The Last Guardians (2018) – depicts the trailblazing activism of indigenous peoples in Ecuador to protect the Amazon. The fourth - Deep Weather (2013) - connects the fossil-fuel economy with the subordination of the Global South. Together, these films bring us closer to the urgency of environmental politics.