Global Environment & Society Academy

Framing Interdisciplinarity: A film festival on environment and society

Starting 2nd February and ending on 23rd February, you are invited to join us every Thursday for a screening of an internationally acclaimed film.

This event not only brings to you a selection of eclectic films, from India, China, Laos and Hungary,  but also an exciting set of panelists drawing from the School of Geosciences, School of Social and Political Sciences, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, The Institute for Advanced Studies, Centre for South Asian Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, all from the University of Edinburgh.   We also have panelists from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the former Minister of Water Resources, Government of Nepal.

Each screening is followed by a panel discussion, which aims to decode and discuss key elements of the film. A moderated Q&A session after the panel discussion will allow students and other attendees to tap into the experience and opinion of the panelists.    


( 2/02/2017) : Who is in deep water? (Kaun Kitney Paani Mein), India

A Bollywood production with a social message, this critically acclaimed film is a colourful and comic saga of a caste conflict between two villages in India over water sharing. However, water is in short supply, but love isn't, and as love blooms so does conflict. Can love win over water wars?  


(9/02/2017) : Wolf Totem. China

A visually spectacular epic directed by acclaimed French director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, who also directed Seven Years in Tibet. Based on a novel of the same name by Chinese author Lü Jiamin, Wolf Totem narrates the arrival of the Chinese cultural revolution to inner Mongolia, and the subsequent eradication of wolves from the landscape as material needs take over. The film is a cinematographic delight with sweeping views of Inner Mongolia's landscapes and is a deep comment on human-nonhuman relationships. ( 

(16/02/2017): The Rocket. Laos and Australia

The Rocket , directed by Australian director Kim Mordaunt is a poignant celebration of loss and hope. Shot mostly against the backdrop of a bomb littered landscape of North Laos, is traces the journey of Ahlo, a boy who is considered born unlucky. As Ahlo's family gets displaced by a dam development project, they travel across North Laos to find a new home. And through this journey Ahlo seeks to free himself from being considered unlucky. 


(23/02/2017): White God, Hungary

The last fim of this festival, White God is a highly acclaimed Hungarian film, which won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was Hungary's official entry to the 87th Academy Awards. The film explores the dark side of human-animal relations, and builds on a storyline that evolves when dog owners are taxed for keeping mixed breeds. It leads to mass dumping of pets. Finally, the unwanted dogs revolt and brings a city to a standstill. An unsettling take on human-animal relations, the film is rated R for violent content including bloody images, and language. Viewer discretion is advised.   


Framing Interdisciplinarity: A film festival on environment and society

We are delighted to bring to you which celebrates the power and transformative potential of cinema to shape ideas and conversations on environment and society.

Room 2.13 Institute of Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh