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Borneo Eco Film festival returns with week-long event on climate change

21st September, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) through its BEFF365 programme presents a week-long online event dedicated to highlighting the global effects of climate change during Climate Week 2020 from the 21st to 27th of September, on its Facebook Page – Borneo Eco Film Festival.

A total of four highly acclaimed international film documentaries of climate conflicts will be screened online for viewing on BEFF’s Facebook page. During Climate Week, a series of Webinars have been tailored for audiences which feature discussions with the filmmakers and producers of the featured films, and local environmental warriors to share their expertise.

The Climate Week highlights the Asia Premiere documentary Climate For Conflict and will be screened on September 21st at 8.00pm, followed by a Live Q&A session with the director and producer of the short film, Laura Heaton and Beth Murphy – both tuning in from Sweden and Boston respectively.

CLIMATE FOR CONFLICT (2018, USA/SOMALIA/KENYA, 15 MINS), investigates how climate change is a catalyst for conflict in Somalia and will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and migration. As one of the places hardest hit on the planet by climate change, Somalia is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of us. This film is part of a larger multimedia project that has been featured on ABC News Nightline, Public Radio International, Foreign Policy.

Other films highlighted during Climate Week 2020 include South East Asia Premiere SunGanges (2018, INDIA, 75 MINS), Messages From the End of the World (2018, SWITZERLAND, 52 MINS) and Thank You For the Rain (2017, NORWAY/KENYA, 90 MINS). These films shed light on the on-going climate crisis that have drastically affected communities in many parts of the world, and are especially captivating for audiences who live in very different realities, in hopes to garner a greater urgency for climate action among all audiences.

Viewers are encouraged to enjoy the experience of these online film screenings from the comfort of their smartphones. All viewers are welcome to join in the conversation in the Facebook comments during the Live sessions with the invited speakers and filmmakers.

Borneo Eco Film Festival celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a series of online screenings and webinars this year. The first BEFF365 was held in July 2020 in conjunction with Shark Awareness Day. BEFF is a non-profit programme of activities organised by the voluntary society Melapi – the Society for Holistic Outreach, Research and Environmental Action.

BEFF is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Movies That Matter (MtM), Shared Earth Foundation, and FINAS. BEFF is also a member of the Green Film Network (GFN) – a network of environmental film festivals around the world.

For more information, please visit BEFF’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/BorneoEcoFilmFestival or contact Chloe Lee Mei Tchuin at info@beff.org.my / +60 16 811 3315.

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