For a long, long time,
I contemplated the ocean without understanding it.
I could feel the immense energy of its waters.
I was astonished by the depths of its blues.
I breathed the air of the wide open seas.
But in reality, I saw nothing.

(Yann Arthus-Bertrand, "Planet Ocean")

Pollution of the sea by sewage and debris, overfishing, overbuilding in the coastline, mass extinctions, foreign species invasions, oil and gas drilling, and swarms upon swarms of jelly fish… this is just a partial list of the threats endangering our beloved sea.

In recent years the urgency of protecting our beaches has hit centre stage. But conservation of the beaches does not extend to the depth of the sea. So the sea and the beach remain the most popular leisure resort in Israel, but it is uncertain what their state will be in just a few years.

Films are a natural means for spreading the message. Cinema is a visual medium, capable of conveying personal and emotional stories. It stirs new discussions and has the ability to draw in the public, the media and decision makers to the topic of preserving the sea and the variety of life forms that it holds. This year the Ecocinema ecological film festival is dedicated to films about the sea, that in addition to magnificent images of the deep seas, bring to our attention the most important stories and struggles for marine preservation taking place these days.



Canada, 2012. Director: Rob Stewart

Revolution Israeli Premiere

The opening film for EcoCinema 2013 Festival.

Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger – it's humanity itself.

(90 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)


JERUSALEM – JERUALEM Cinematheque| 21.6.13 | 21:30 |FRIDAY |TICKETS



Planet Ocean

France, 2012. Directors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot

Israeli Premiere

Filmed from above and deep within the big blue sea, "Planet Ocean" is a documentary about the role of oceans in our ecosystem. With extraordinary aerial photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, creator of the impressive documentary HOME, and award winning underwater cameramen, the film dives into the depths of the least known and most vulnerable realms of the earth for a magnificent journey.

Written by French travel writer Michaël Pitiot, in collaboration with a group of top researchers, oceanographers and biologists from several countries, "Planet Ocean" investigates the links between humankind and the ocean, the future of the planet, the governance issue of the high seas and challenges which are not to be ignored. The film's premiere was held at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

(94 min, English, French, Portuguese, with Hebrew subtitles)


TEL AVIV | 12.6.13 | 20:00 | JAFFA PORT | FREE ENTRANCE 



JERUSALEM – JERUALEM Cinematheque 22.6.13 | 21:00 | SATURDAY | TICKETS




USA, 2012. Director: Candida Brady

Israeli Premiere

In the new docu-feature Trashed, which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous and brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. The narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

(98 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)


JERUSALEM – JERUALEM Cinematheque: 19.5.13 | 21:30 | FRIDAY | TICKETS



Pirate for the sea

USA, 2008. Director: Ron Colby

Israeli Premiere

A biographical film of Captain Paul Watson, the youngest founding member of Greenpeace Canada. In Greenpeace he organized early campaigns protesting the killing of seals, whales, and dolphins. After The organization ejected him for being too much of an activist, he started his own organization, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and went on to sink illegal whaling ships, stop Canadian seal hunts for ten years and permanently halt sealing in British Isles and killing of dolphins on Iki Island, Japan, among other accomplishments. This documentary witnesses his campaigns and explores the personal and environmental history of this controversial marine conservationist.The film was a hit in its premier screening in the Telluride Film Festival and went on to win prizes and garner success in international festivals in Boulder, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Dublin among others.

(99 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)



The Big Fix

USA, France, Germany, 2012. Directors: Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Israeli Premiere

The Big Fix explores possible connections between corporate and political malfeasance and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Josh Tickell and his wife and filmmaking partner Rebecca Harrell Tickell expose one of the largest environmental coverups in US history. On one level The Big Fix is a comprehensive depiction of the oil industry. On another level it is a personal, heartbreaking and exhilarating journey with Josh and Rebecca on a quest that compels them to go undercover and risk their lives. A rough cut of The Big Fix was the only documentary selected by the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for an Official Selection Premiere and won Best Documentary in the Italian Environmental Film Festival and MareMostra Ocean International Film Festival in Palma de Mallorca.

(89 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)




The Island President

USA, 2011. Director: Jon Shenk

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, following thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Regretfully, on February 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d'etat perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator, but he continues to campaign for democracy and the environment, and he recently travelled to Copenhagen to speak out.

(101 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)


 JERUALEM Cinematheque: 26.6.13 | 21:30 | WEDNESDAY | TICKETS



Promised Land

USA, 2012. Director: Gus Van Sant

In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman for a natural gas company, whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. He grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

(106 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)




The clean bin project

Canada, 2012. Director: Grant Baldwin

Israeli Premiere

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning documentary, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations and unforgettable imagery. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages.

(76 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)


If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

USA, UK, 2011. Directors: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman

Israeli Premiere

In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front – a group the FBI has called "America's number one domestic terrorism threat." For years, the ELF – operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership – had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a Verité chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism and the way we define terrorism. The film was nominated for an academy award in 2012, and won an award for best editing for a documentary at Sundance Film Festival.

(84 min, English, with Hebrew subtitles)