On November 11, The Sunchild 6th International Environmental Festival kicked off in Yerevan. During the next 4 days film screenings and discussions, exhibitions and workshops will be held in AEON, Mass Media Center, AGBU, TUMO, Alliance Française, Article 3 Club, Ilik Handmade crafts store and cafe.
The grand opening ceremony followed by the exclusive screening of “Racing Extinction”, a film from the Oscar-winner director of “The Cove” Louie Psihoyo.
The director assembles a team of artists and activists to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues around endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets or exploring our affect on the environment, RACING EXTINCTION will change the way we see the world.
Before the opening ceremony, the French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s exhibition titled “Sustainable development: why?” photo-exhibition took place in the Moscow Cinema 2-nd floor lobby. The exhibition is open until November 14.
The program of SunChild International Environmental Festival 2016 is rich and symbolic as it marks the 10th anniversary of partnership between FPWC and VivaCell-MTS and the 10th anniversary of SunChild Eco Clubs. This year the festival also features a new project – the Green Mobility.
Each year the festival strives to address important environmental issues. The festival program includes screenings of wildlife and environmental films from all over the world, workshops, exhibitions, media campaigns and other events designed to raise awareness about the growing global challenge of nature conservation.
This year the festival will feature 38 films from around the world in competition and non-competition programs.
In frames of the Festival, the head of Urtsadzor community Rafik Andreasyan was awarded by the FPWC the honorable title of “Conservation Hero” for essential support to the establishment of the first privately protected area – the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge and the SunChild Eco-Clubs.
Earlier this year the title of “Conservation Hero” was awarded to the Founder of the World Land Trust John Burton for his huge contribution to the biodiversity conservation in Armenia.
The closing event will be held on November 14, 18:00 in Moscow Cinema. The event will be followed by the screening of Graham Townsley’s Landfill Harmonic. The film is about inspiring dreams one note at a time! A heartfelt and moving story of how musical instruments made from trash bring hope and dignity to children whose future is otherwise spiritless. A film about “The Recycled Orchestra”, a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. It is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution. The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty.
Admission to the events is free.
The festival has been organized with the support of FPWC’s General Partner VivaCell-MTS.