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Film + Debate
October 9th-12th 2019 at 17.00 – every day
All films are shown with English subtitles

I forbindelse med det internationale 'C40 - World Mayors Summit' inviterer Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) til relevante film+debat-arrangementer i Gloria Biograf. Arrangementerne er gratis, men kræver tilmelding. Se tilmeldingslinks under de forskellige film på programmet til højre.

Støttet af Københavns Kommune og Realdania.


Copenhagen Architecture Festival will screen C40-relevant films focusing on the challenges of climate change and the strategies to meet those and in continuation create interesting discussions and debates. We invite everyone to join!

This project is supported by Copenhagen Realdania.

October 9th-12th 2019 at 17.00 – every day

All events will be in English.

9/10 kl. 17.00 Grazing the Amazon
Marcio Isensee e Sá, 2018, 49 min. Portuguese, English subtitles.

Only weeks ago fires in the Amazon darkened the sky over Sao Paulo, turning day into night for millions of residents. Forrest clearance is a global problem, and often instigated as part of unsustainable food production for large consumer markets.
Grazing the Amazon provides a rare insight into the cultural and historical implications of the unsustainable cattle industry in the Amazon. Whilst also critically considering aspects of profit, corruption, urban consumer demands, and failed policies, the film offers a better understanding of the complex factors behind the continuous clearance of one of our planet’s most vital natural resources.

After the film there will be a 30 min. talk. Speakers TBA.


10/10 kl. 17.00 Anbessa
Mo Scarpelli, 2019, 85 min. English subtitles.

Our planet will be facing massive population growth in the coming years. Africa alone is projected to see its population doubled by 2050, with another 1.3 billion inhabitants. This growth will mainly take place in cities, many of which are already struggling to provide basic infrastructural services.

Set on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Anbessa gives us an intimate human perspective on the effects of rapid urbanisation and modernisation. The film follows 10 year old Asalif and his mother that live on the edge of East Africa’s largest housing development with no electricity or running water, displaced from their land and way of life to give space to the new condominiums and their promises of a better future. With magical realism the documentary follows Asalif’s struggle to find his place in the uncertain terrain of an inescapably new world.

After the film there will be a 30 min. discussion on the environmental and social challenges, along with the opportunities, brought on by the urgent need for rapid urbanisation with a particular focus on East Africa. Discussants will be geographer Seble Samuel (East Africa officer, Research Programme for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) and urban anthropologist Stina Møldrup Wolf (Aarhus University).


11/10 kl. 17.00 The Venice Syndrome
Andreas Pichler, 2012, 82 min. English subtitles.

Tourism is on the rise, and scenic cities are on the bucket lists of a growing number of experience economy consumers. This is not only bad for the climate, but it also poses a potential threat to everyday life and the survival of our cities.
In The Venice Syndrome we witness the nightmare par excellence of uncontrolled tourism. Once one of Europe’s most mercantile and successful cities through centuries, Venice is now dying under the impact of its popularity. Inhabitants are pushed out, basic services have closed down, and buildings crumble as the tourism economy has obtained full, unregulated reign. It is predicted that by 2030 Venice will have no residents left, but exist only as a scenography for the flow of passers-by.

After the film we will debate the increase in tourists visiting Copenhagen, and the ambition of the municipality and Wonderful Copenhagen to double the number of visitors. Can this be done in a sustainable way? We have invited head of tourism from the Copenhagen Municipality, Michael Ryan Andersen, and tourism researcher Jane Widtfeldt Meged (RUC).


12/10 kl. 17.00 Ice on Fire
Leila Conners, 2018, 98 min. English, no subtitles.

Climate change is already happening. The Summer of 2018 was the hottest on record, storms are stronger, droughts are longer, the arctic ice is thin or non-existent, and Antarctica is melting faster than predicted. But can we reverse climate change?
Ice on Fire explores the many ways we can reduce carbon inputs into the atmosphere and, more importantly, how to "draw" carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the atmosphere and thus paving the way for global temperatures to decrease. Through visionaries and scientists the film explores the deep hope that we can turn away from the brink, as we have at hand the ability, capacity, and the solutions that can reverse global warming. Not mitigate, not reduce, not stabilize, but reverse. But there is an added complexity: the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in the arctic; which is now entering the atmosphere.

After the film there will be a 30 mins talk with Communications Director Jakob Nielsen from the KR Foundation, that exclusively supports projects that address the root causes of climate change and environmental degradation.