Now in its seventh year, the Green Me Global Festival for Sustainability will finally arrive in Nigeria for the first time. Theme, ‘Ocean, life and water‘, the festival is scheduled to take place between Friday, April 1 and Sunday, April 3 at the Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The festival president, Nicolai Niemann, says the annual festival is aimed at saving the earth from the devastating effects of global warming and the imminent destruction of the earth through pollution and land degradation.
The primary objective, he says, is to contribute a quota to ecological preservation by promoting movies that champion this cause.
He says, “Through our panels, forums and workshops, lectures are delivered on the causes of pollutions, prevention mechanism and most importantly it’s avoidance. The idea is to create awareness on this earth threatening danger and encourage individual contribution to nature protection and preservation.”
For these reasons, Green Me has decided to bring the festival to Nigeria, particularly to reach out to people living in places affected by environmental pollution, and, using film as a tool, to sensitise them about the collective need to guard against activities that may hasten the disintegration of the earth.
The organisers say that for the past eight years, the Green Me festival, which is divided into four parts, namely, film, marketplace, congress and film workshop sections, has offered a platform for the green films, green publicity and green economy.
According to them, movies with ecological themes from all over the world are evaluated and screened at the festival. This year, in line with the central theme for the event; movies that focus on ocean pollution, life’s complications and water sustainability have been shortlisted for screening at the Lagos festival.
Nigerian movies nominated for the Green Award in the Life, Water and Land categories are Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s Invasion 1897, Dagogo Reeves and Diminas Jack’s Stigma, Jeta Amata’s Black November, Oloibiri by Rightangle Productions, and two documentaries The lady in the water and Nowhere to run by 37th STATE and Yar’Adua Foundation, respectively.
The Green Award, which attratcs a cash prize of 5,000 euros, is given to filmmakers to encourage them to invest same money on the production of movies that will contribute to the campaign for preservation of the environment.
“I am looking forward to this first step for a hopefully annual event in the film capital of Nigeria. The warmest welcome by the German consul-general Mr. Ingo Herbert, has simplified and strengthened every effort on our side,“ Niemann says.