MORNING SESSION
A WONDERFUL WORLD, UNDER PRESSURE

FILMS

Soul of the Elephant (54 min)

Dir. Dereck + Beverly Joubert

Despite living in the wild in Botswana for 30 years, filming, researching and exploring the world they have come to know so well, award-winning filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert say they are often still surprised by what they come across on their journeys.
 
Such was the case when the couple were exploring the backwaters of the bush one day and stumbled upon the skulls of two large bull elephants with their ivory tusks intact. To the Jouberts, this is always cause for celebration because it means the giants died of natural causes and not, for example, from poaching, snares or bullets.
 
To understand the lives of the two old bulls, the Jouberts paddle from one end of a river to the other in the Selinda Reserve, home to over 7,000 elephants in a remote corner of Botswana. Their journey brings them into extremely close contact with herds that, over time, seem to accept their presence as the couple film and photograph them
 
PLASTIC SOUP (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Elephant Community Press and sponsored by the Jackie Chan Foundation

 

Premiering for the first time, a group of select young writers create a spoken performance about plastic reduction. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Elephant Community Press and sponsored by the Jackie Chan Foundation.

 

Whilst attending a beach clean-up event to save the only nesting site for the endangered green sea turtle on Lamma Island, choreographer Desiree Ho and writer Becky Baker were shocked to find that the beautiful white sandy beach was not in fact a "white sandy" beach, but a shore covered up in a deceiving plethora of tiny styrofoam balls.

 

Plastic particles are found in the flesh of common fish we eat and sprinkled into our table salt, thanks to the 8 million tonnes of plastic we dispose into our oceans every year. And who ends up ingesting these plastics? We do.

 

The arts can be a powerful medium to bring about social change--and the aim of this project is to raise awareness of that the convenience of plastic comes with a price. Every individual can easily replace the single-use plastic bottles, straw and plastic bags with their own reusable bottle, by saying no to straws and bringing their own bag!

 

Becky Baker from Elephant Community press has worked with a group of young writers to produce a spoken word performance based on plastic reduction, which was choreographed into a dance film by choreographer Desiree Ho, and filmed by videographer Ifan Yu Kin Hang.

DULCE
Dir's. Angello FacciniGuille Isa

In the coastal village of La Ensenada, Colombia, where digging for shellfish is a way of life, everyone must learn to swim eventually — even little Dulce. But as the effects of climate change, marked by swelling tides and shrinking coastlines, begin to threaten the village's livelihood, the carefree swimming lessons led by Dulce's mother take on a sense of urgency

Day Opener: Tibetan Singing Bowls presented by Ray of Aura

Urbanites come start the day by re-tuning your energies to nature.  Followed by film screenings and inspirational talks.  Edu-tainment for the whole family including interactive workshops with take home ideas! 

My Africa, Narrated by Lupita Nyong'o

VR Experience  

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and presented in stunning virtual reality, "My Africa" brings you to stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.

 

 

Rooftop Republic (11:30 + 12:15)

Hands on workshop provides a taster to the essentials of organic growing in a city environment like Hong Kong. Learn how to transform even the smallest underused spaces to create a thriving, easy to manage urban farm in your own home.


LIVIN Farms (11:45) 

An introductory workshop on home farming of edible insects. Cricket pasta anyone or maybe you’d prefer a Mealworm salad? Find out what all the insect hype is about and how to farm them in your own home!

 

WORKSHOPS

AFTERNOON SESSION
RISE UP, INVENT TOMORROW

FILMS

Landfill Harmonic (80 min)
Dir's. Graham TownsleyBrad Allgood

Yasuni Man (88 min)
Dir. Ryan Killackey

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.


 

In the depths of South America, where the Andes, the Amazon and the Equator collide, a wilderness exists that was home to some of the last remaining uncontacted people on Earth. The forest in which they live may claim our planet's highest biodiversity. A place where mammals, birds, plants and amphibians reach peak diversity, together. Because of its biological diversity and cultural significance, the forest was designated a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve and Ecuador's largest national park. It is now known as Yasuni the Man and Biosphere Reserve. Yasuni Man, a documentary feature, tells the story of the conflict in Yasuni that has pitted biodiversity and human rights against extractive industries and human consumption.

WORKSHOPS

Cheuk Kiu - Upcycled Instruments

& his mum! With Ecoware

We have HK's  own Landfill Harmonic in the afternoon session!

Mr Cheuk Kiu turns Hong Kong’s trash into musical instruments. 卓翹習勞 is a comic book assistant who enjoys playing the guitar and woodwork. Instead of using new materials and resources, He uses discarded household items and home furniture and turns them into instruments! 卓翹習勞 frequently conducts upcycling workshops for all ages and you may have already seen him performing at local eco-events!

孔媽媽 uses your old clothes and turns them into high quality fashionable pieces!
 

Come along to 🌿 #HKEFF on Saturday afternoon to support 卓翹習勞 and 孔媽媽!


 

My Africa, Narrated by Lupita Nyong'o

VR Experience  

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and presented in stunning virtual reality, "My Africa" brings you to stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.  




 


 

Einnoc (2:30 + 4:00)

Brings the sustainable living workshop with tips on using ingredients you might already have at home to create a range of body essentials as well as uses around the house. For this workshop, we will be focusing on toothpaste… think how many toothpaste tubes have you thrown out in your lifetime? Never again!  Chemicals and micro plastics? Never again!

[*Note for this session please bring your own small wide - mouth glass jar 100ml to 200ml to take home your very own creation]

 

Coconut Matter (3:00)
Handcraft cosmetics from nature.
Create your own chemical free lipbalm here!  

The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in Coconut Oil are similar to the natural fats in breast milk and in turn, possess similar nutriceutical effects. It’s antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties makes Virgin Coconut Oil a household essential.