The Green Caravan Film Festival (GCFF) is a traveling festival of environmental and socially conscious ﬁlms that was founded by the environmental company Equilibrium in 2009. It has toured Kuwait and Dubai for four years and now makes its London debut in 2015.
The festival hopes to bring together a variety of audiences, ﬁlmmakers, NGOs and supporters that can discover, share and cooperate on the vital
issues presented by the ﬁlms in an atmosphere of inspired camaraderie and passion.
The 5th Green Caravan Film Festival is setting upon us! This years movie selections were curated from 1081 submissions, and present environmental and social issues in a myriad of ways from the sweet or funny to the heartbreaking and powerful. This years program includes shorts from 5 Middle Eastern countries, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates and feature length documentaries from the United Kingdom, Palestine, France, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
GCFF kicks off opening night with the Middle Eastern Shorts and live music at Rich Mix London on the 27th of October. The International documentaries will then screen at The Frontline Club in London from the 29th to the 31st of October.
A list of the ﬁlm selections is as follows:
Middle Eastern Shorts
•My Pink Room: (Kuwait) Directed by Vachan Sharma. Adapted from the writings of Hooda Shawa. A short ﬁlm told from the point of view of a Syrian refugee boy.
•Central Market: (Bahrain/ UAE) Directed by Saleh Nass. The story of a young boy working at a vegetable market and looking for a way to make a better living.
•Daghwah: (UAE) Directed by Moe Najati. A poetic look at the disappearing Daghwah method of ﬁshing in the United Arab Emirates.
•Stripy: (Iran) Directed by Babak Nekooei & Behnoud Nekooei. This animated short is a commentary on the struggle between creativity and conformity.
•Dinosaur: (Kuwait) Directed by Meqdad Al-Kout. The ﬁlm gives us a humorous glimpse of the hopeless misery of endless bureaucracy.
•The Purple House: (Tunisia) Directed by Sélim Gribâa. A funny and endearing story about an unemployed man trying to get by in a changing Tunisia.
Feature Length Documentaries:
•I Am The People: (France) Directed by Anna Roussillon. This intimate documentary takes into the daily lives and struggles of a family in an Egyptian village while the revolution and its consequences play out in their country.
•Tyke Elephant Outlaw: (Australia) Directed by Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore. The ﬁlm documents the story around an incident that changed the course of Circus animal history.
•The Wanted 18: (Canada, Palestine, France, UAE) Directed by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan. The tale of 18 cows that found themselves the unwitting central ﬁgures in a chapter of the Palestinian / Israeli struggle.
•The Babushkas of Chernobyl: (USA) Directed by Anne Bogart & Holly Morris. Go into the Chernobyl ‘exclusion zone’ and see the ladies who refuse to leave as well as the ofﬁcials, scientists and self styled daredevils who also dare to walk in the zone.
•Hadwin’s Judgement: (Canada, UK) Directed by Sasha Snow. A lyrical and haunting look at an infamous act of environmental destruction and the mystery that surrounds it.
The ﬁlm programme and links to ticketing options are also available at www.thegreencaravan.com, and are also available through the festival venue partners. Check them out on Facebook: Green Caravan Film Festival Opening Night and Twitter @gcfilmfest.