There are five films, all focused on the sea and the challenges it faces. the film festival Scianema takes place from the 27th to the 29th of April, at Teatro Lethes, in Faro, with free entry.
The films will be distributed over three nights with transversal and urgent themes, such as the impacts of maritime transport and the importance of marine forests.
This event forms part of the wider efforts of the Sciaena association to «activate citizens in the fight against the climate crisis and in the recognition of the ocean as an essential element for our survival and well-being».
«Scianema is one of our main bets when it comes to alerting and making the public aware of the impacts that humanity causes under the surface of the ocean and generating an open conversation about the role that our society must have in its protection», says Sciaena member Nicolas Blanc about the event.
The opening of the festival takes place with the screening of “Black Trail”, a cross-border documentary directed by Micael Pereira, which lifts the veil on the maritime transport industry’s attempt to escape the climate crisis.
On the second night, the chosen film, in partnership with the Cineclube de Faro, is “Entre-Ilhas”, by Amaya Sumpsi, a film-sensory journey through the Azores archipelago and through the memories of its inhabitants.
Scianema will close on Saturday, the 29th, with three short films – “The Blue Forest”, by Philip Hamilton, “Voice of the Fish”, by Dona Edite, and “The Trash Cycle”, by activist Andreas Noe (Trash Traveller). , in an evening where some of the most important marine conservation issues will be observed and discussed – the importance of preserving and restoring marine forests, the destructive effects of overfishing and illegal fishing, as well as the ubiquitous problem of marine litter.
Each session will end with a brief conversation between the public and a panel made up of filmmakers, environmentalists, fishermen and researchers.
“It's important that people can discuss and learn more about the themes presented in the films and we strive to have people on the panel who can bring different points of view and answer the audience's questions”, says Nicolas Blanc.
Admission is free, open to the general public, and the films start at 21:30 pm, so it is recommended to arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the session to guarantee a place.
All films are subtitled or spoken in Portuguese and English.