Film festival in İstanbul looks to sustainable future

December 01, 2011, Thursday/ 17:25:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The third edition of the Sustainable Living Film Festival is set to kick off in İstanbul on Friday in what will mark the second time the city has hosted the event.

A three day celebration of cinema promoting sustainable living, the festival will host 16 documentaries as well as short film screenings, animations, panel discussions and musical performances at the Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center and the Pera Museum auditorium over the weekend.

Inaugurated in İstanbul in 2008 by the Sustainable Living Collective -- a group of young Turks who work together with Turkish universities and nonprofit organizations for a more sustainable future -- the event took to the road and was hosted in the Swedish city of Karlskrona in May 2010.

The festival was born from the idea of using the tool of cinema and cultural activities to raise a public awareness about the need for this generation to act in a way that will meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.

The films, which were selected with a view to inspiring audiences and strengthening the resolve to make a difference include Sam Bozzo’s “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” Imre Azem’s “Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits,” Taggart Siegel’s “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” and Sally Ingleton’s “Seed Hunter.” All festival events are free of charge. For more information see

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