U.N. backs green-themed festival

Russia’s first ecological film festival, H2O, launches in Moscow on Thursday with the backing of the United Nations and the city’s top festival and arthouse venue, 35mm Cinema.

H20, which runs through Sunday, will showcase “some of the most powerful recent films with an ecological and environmental theme, attracting international experts and thinkers to Moscow to participate in seminars and discussions.”

The decision to launch the festival followed the success of teaser screenings at 35mm in November and December that coincided with the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.

The fest opens with the local premiere of Participant Media’s “Climate of Change” with director Brian Hill in attendance and Moscow’s UN representative Frode Mauring.

Gerard Michael MacCarthy, the Moscow-based, Irish-born fest founder, said, “I’m no expert on climate change and the environment, but I do care and am concerned to find out what’s wrong and what I can do to prevent or fix it. In the face of the challenges posed by disinformation, apathy and ignorance, cinema is a very effective instrument of enlightenment.”

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