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First Environmental Film Showcase

Peter Van Lengen

Paco Ayala

Dylan Tyrrell

By Karla Ortiz

While many in our society today care about the environment, society, and education (as evidenced by so many Mexican and foreign NGOs that fight each day for the common good), there is still a long way to go and many people yet to reach—in schools, in companies, and in government institutions.

This is where International Festival of the Environment comes in, a film series to raise environmental awareness through art installations, lectures, and screenings. It is taking place in San Miguel de Allende from August 27 to September 1 at the Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante” cultural center (Bellas Artes).

The Festival Internacional de Cine del Medio Ambiente de México (The International Film Festival of the Environment), known as FICMA MX, is presenting, in conjunction with Planeta San Miguel, a film festival centered on environmental issues. There will be films for children aged six through high school, including animated short films with content about the environment, health, and traditions. There will also be a selection of short films and documentaries to promote environmental education and awareness among high school and university students. The “Films for Companies” program is aimed at all audiences, but targeted especially at companies. Finally, “Films in Your Neighborhood” is a program aimed at all audiences that will be screened on special dates throughout the year in different parks and recreation centers in the city.

The event will feature experts in environmental issues, including Dr Cristina Costinas Durán, member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biodiversity and Environment; Dylan Terrell, founding member of Caminos de Agua; Daniel Peyret, founder of Punto Cero Para el Desarrollo; Salvador García Ruvalcaba, coordinator of the Regional Center for Education for Sustainable Development; Nadia Sierra Campos, an expert in human rights and environmental legislation; Patricia Koleff Osorio, biologist and doctor of science; Paco Ayala, founder of the community organizations La Cuadra and Huerto Roma Verde; Peter Van Lengen, a specialist in bioarchitecture who is the director of Tibá Arquitectos; and Ercilia Sahores, director for Latin América of International Regeneration.

Artists who will be showing their work include:

El Triodo Collective with a video installation at the Salón de Usos Múltiples; Peter Van Lengen with a bamboo installation at the Jardín Principal of Bellas Artes; and Silvia Andrade with Alebrijes Microscópicos, a photographic exhibition on the second floor of Bellas Artes.

Planeta San Miguel intends to show short films and documentaries throughout the year in community schools and surrounding municipalities like Dolores Hidalgo, San Felipe, San Diego, and Ocampo and also throughout the year in different parts of the city. Consult the complete program of events on its social media pages by looking up El Centro de las Artes Contemporáneas de San Miguel, AC.

 

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