San Francisco Green Film Festival proudly presents the SF Premiere of Monsoon at the 5th Bay Area Science Festival. After the screening, join an expert discussion on our global rains, including monsoons, the California drought and impending El Niño.
6:00pm Reception in the lobby
7:00pm Film Screening & Q&A with Alice Towey, Associate Engineer, East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Ticket includes pre-screening reception with light refreshments.
Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada, 2014, 108 mins (English/Hindi/Assamese/Malayalam/Marathi)
SF Premiere. Filmed over the course of India's 2013 monsoon season, the filmmakers chased the monsoon on its annual journey from the southern state of Kerala, where it first makes landfall, to India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya ('Place of the Clouds'), where the clouds go to die. Along the way, they meet a remarkable group of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon that some call "the soul of India".
A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
People's Choice Award Winner, Canada's Top Ten Film Festival 2014
Q&A: Implications of Extreme Weather
In Monsoon you will see first-hand the challenges of extreme weather - balancing the need for rain for drinking water & agriculture at the same time as the losses from the immense flooding that it brings. Right now, in California we see the direct impact of the opposite problem: drought. And at the same time the promise and challenges of the impending El Nino.
To discuss the implications of these global rains - and lack of them - we'll be joined by Alice Towey, Associate Engineer, East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Created by the Bay Area's scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the 5th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns October 22 – November 7, 2015. The festival will provide a wide range of science & technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. –at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area. www.bayareascience.org
In the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December, ArtCOP21 is connecting hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through an extensive global program of arts events from September - December 2015. www.artcop21.com
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