The Ecological Film Festival Intrnacional and Nature of the Canary Islands, Spain, is experiencing a crisis that, if the authorities of the city of Puerto de la Cruz did not make a determination, the festival which celebrated its 13th edition, can “disappear”.
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Claudio Lauria / EFFN Founder
The relationship of humans with their environment in which they carry out their strategies, whether for survival or development, is one of the great issues of our time, and probably the one that, due to its enormous potential for mainstreaming, underlies all other problems as a determining element in setting the levels of welfare, freedom and sustainability that affect an specific territory.
Humans inhabit, transform, and use the spaces they occupy like no other species has done in the history of the planet, thus, it can be argued that over – or at least next to – the natural ecosystems, humans introduce those that are more favorable for them, and this generates radical and sometimes irreparable changes on the original systems.
The great success of the adaptation of the human species has led to well known disasters, but also to the emergence and development of an acceptance, followed by a knowledge, and consequences of such outrages; very clearly reflected in that kind of “sensitivity to nature” expressed by contemporary thought. This thought has consolidated policies and actions worldwide in the context of ecology and environmental awareness. Thanks, perhaps, to this position in the heart of the contemporary world, these disciplines, and especially the problems indicated by researchs, are threatened by a permanent flow of information that has often been a fertile ground for manipulation or misunderstanding.
As with any other subject that seeks to analyze the current world, ecology has not been free of the enormous difficulties involved in an overall structure that accepts differents perspectives leading to different ways of consensus analysis leading to different worlds of concensus. There is not, therefore, and we could say there is not fortunately, a single definition that allows access in a sensible way to the ecological sphere, then, rather than an idea, the ecological sphere is more like a process, or rather, is in a process.
The tension between development and conservation, the opposition between welfare and waste, the difference between preservation and enjoyment of natural heritage have their roots in problems in the economy, the distribution of wealth, the industry, politics or social issues in their broadest sense, are involved in a decisive way, and this opens a range of insights and meanings as diverse as the world and convert the organic matter in one of the most exciting and necessary discussion of the beginning of this century.
The speech over environment implies in particular the present and the future, and this makes of it a piece that can not be waived and that requires attention on the part of the management of power in any territory. Hence, against the pragmatic and measurable uncontrolled development there has emerged the idea, still vague, but very usable, of the “sustainable world.” The president of a great state or the mayor of a small town, the director of a company or a small business, students and the elderly: everyone should have formed an opinion regarding ecology, but that view does not necessarily implies an involvement in the form of action. There are not many issues today that involve so many sectors and so widely. A theme common to all contemporary societies – from the corporation to the individual – does not remain indifferent to the interests of the groups of power among which are not only the big oil companies and builders, but also organizations in defense of nature or the Third World governments.
This ideological space that conceives ecology more as a tool of contemporary thinking than as a closed discipline is the space where a Festival such as the one of Puerto de la Cruz has its interest. A Festival proposed to the citizens of the municipality, to the Canary Islands, and to the world. A festival that recovers the experience of that which was throughout the eighties a pioneer in this type of content. Now it wants to be fully integrated into a contemporary view, more difficult and problematic in itself, but certainly useful and provocative.
We want to offer, through the many languages that cinema has created throughout its history, a reflection needed, a powerful, unbiased and rigorous reflection about present ecology. We also want to incorporate other creatives languages into the film: action, theater, conference, conversation, forum; those languages that have managed to organize discussions about ecology with the same opportunity and competence than image has. And, finally, we will do so in the Canary Islands and from the Canary Islands, a group of islands located in the map on the major routes of today’s information, commerce, tourism, transport of goods, of people, of … A cultural territory whose natural wealth and fragility become an argument that adds drama and need when it comes to think coherently and comprehensively about ecology.