Welcome to the Ecocinema Festival  2014!

Ecocinema dedicates its tenth festival to the oceans and seas – and for the people who love and protect them.

Pollution, massive development, overfishing, invasive species, gas and oil explorations – these are just a few of the threats on our beloved sea and cost lines. The bad news is that the threats seem to increase every day.

The good news? So are the ways to protect, save and rehabilitate them!

 Join us for a sea of award winning environmental movies … and much more!

June 5-7th at Jaffa Port

June 8-11 in various locations across Israel

Watch award winning  environmental movies;

Join master class sessions and meet our special guests;

Enjoy a variety of events for the whole family: theatre, films, crafts workshop and more;

Take a look at the photography exhibition: MAD 4 MED – with the best shots of love for the Mediterranean;

And don’t miss the Green Market, with the most unique ecological products and ideas!


Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Austria 2009
Director: Nick Stringer

A little loggerhead turtle follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream all the way to the frozen north and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back to the beach where she was born.

36 minutes.
Hebrew, Arabic subtitles

When & where:
Thursday 5.6.14 12:00, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port | TICKETS
Friday 6.6.14 10:00, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port | TICKETS

Project Wild Thing
UK 2003
Director: David Bond

David Bond is concerned. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature – literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter's life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits – but is Nature past its sell-by date?
Written by Ashley Jones

120 minutes.
English with Hebrew subtitles.

When& where:
Thursday 5.6.14, 16:00, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port | TICKETS
Friday 6.6.14, 9:00, Tarbuta, Yokne’am – during the event “Healthy Childhood in at the age of screens” | TICKETS
Sunday 8.6.14, 21:00, Haifa Cinematheque | TICKETS
Tuesday 8.6.14, 20:00, Pardes-Hanna | TICKETS

Disaster at Nightingale: How Tragedy Found the World's Remotest Island
USA 2013
Director: David Gugenheim

David Guggenheim is an expert in marine biology and in marine conservation policy. One day, a boat he is on for a guest lecture answer the distress call of a nearby sinking cargo ship. The team sets out for a complex rescue operation and David finds himself on a lifelong mission to rescue and preserve a unique habitat – the most remote islands group in the pacific.

25 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitiles

When & Where:
Friday 6.6.14 11:00, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port during Reality Changing Film Making event | TICKETS
Sundat, 8.6.14, 18:00, Ruppin Academic Ceter, Michmoret | TICKETS

USA 2013
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
The film sparked am intense pulic discourse in the US around the legitimacy of sea animals based entertainment and their captivity – leading up to a progressive “Blackfish Bill” against marine mammals captivity in various states in the US.

85 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitles

When & where:
Friday 6.6.14 11:00, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port during Reality Changing Film Making event – in Presence of the producer | TICKETS
Saturday 7.6.14, 20:30, Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port. Also in this event: the producer of Blackfish talks to Neta Achituv, Prat Prize winner for communication 2014 | TICKETS
Sunday 8.6.14, 12:00, Tel Aviv University. – in Presence of the producer | TICKETS

Extinction soup
USA 2014
Director: Phillip Waller
EXTINCTION SOUP follows documentary filmmaker Philip Waller on his quest for adventure as he sets out to tell the story of his larger-than-life friend and extreme sports legend, Jimmy Hall. The film quickly takes a surprise turn when Waller finds himself consumed with exposing to the world an environmental catastrophe in the making – the extinction of the oceans' shark population through the mass slaughter of these magnificent animals for their fins.

Waller documents the efforts of conservationist Stefanie Brendl as she fights to educate lawmakers and help pass ground-breaking legislation that will curb the consumption of shark fin soup, considered a delicacy in many Eastern cultures, and the impetus behind 70 million sharks being killed per year

Introduction by Adi Barash – Israeli shark expert

61 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitles

When & where:
Thursday 5.6.14, 20:30 Jaffa Port Market area – free entrance
Wednesday 11.6.14, 18:00, Haifa Cinematheque | TICKETS

Angel Azul
USA, 2013
Director: Marcy Carvat

Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he's cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration that leaves viewers pondering our connection to this valuable and beautiful ecosystem.

74 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitles

When & Where:
Sunday 8/6, 19:00, Haifa Cinematheque | TICKETS

The Last Catch
Germany 2013
Director: Markus CM Schmidt

Those of us familiar with the Tuna boxed in cans, will be puzzled by the origin: huge and magnificent creatures that can reach 600 kg in weight and 5 meters in length. Once a year, big schools of Tune swarm to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, where fishermen awaits their annual income. It is an open secret that the Tuna faces a sever danger of extinction – but the fishermen communities fights for their own survival as well. We join this battle for life and death … who will weather the storm?

52 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitles

When & where:
Friday, 6/6, 14:00 Na-Laga’at, Jaffa Port – Preview by Alon Rotchils, SPNI | TICKETS
Sunday 8/6, 18:00, Ruppin Academic Ceter, Michmoret

Keepers of Eden
Israel 2007
Director: Yoram Porath

On July 16 2005, 120 naked Huaorani tribe members burst into the Ecuadorian congress demanding that the devastation of their homeland in the amazon be immediately stopped.
For the past forty years the west amazon, the most bio-diverse place on earth, is being contaminated by petroleum waste dumped without any environmental control.
Keepers of Eden is a unique story of a small indigenous group fighting against the strongest power in the world, the power of oil.

75 minutes
English and Spanish, Hebrew subtitles

When & Where:
Saturday 7/6, 12:00, Tel Aviv Cinematheque | TICKETS
Featuring the director Yoram Porath and the head of IUED, Amit Bracha

Bidder 70
USA 2012
Directors: Beth and George Gage

The choice you are making today is what side are you on.
-Tim DeChristopher

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

73 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitiles
When and Where:
Wednesday, 11/6, 20:00, Tel Aviv Hub (55 Begin rd. Tel Aviv) | TICKETS
Including a discussion about civil disobedience and climate change in Israel – where does it find us? With Eli Brief, Leadership program coordinator at Green-Course – a nationwide activist NGO

The mysteries of Atlit Yam
Canada 2013
Director: Jan Bergeron

The AtlitYam site, 10 meters under the surface of the sea, is the most important find in the history of submarine archaeology. The movie tells the story of the excavations and the incredible finds by Dr. Ehud Galili, subaquatic archaeologist.

52 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitiles

When & where:
Monday 9/6, 21:00, Haifa cinematheque. Preview by Dr. Ehud Galili | TICKETS

Cane Toads: The Conquest
Australia 2009
Director: Mark Lewis

Shot against the harsh and beautiful landscape of northern Australia, Cane Toads: The Conquest tracks the unstoppable journey of the toad across the continent. Director Mark Lewis (Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, The Natural History of the Chicken) injects his trademark irreverence and humor into the story as he follows a trail of human conflict, bizarre culture and extraordinary close encounters.

85 minutes
English with Hebrew subtitles.

When & where:
Sunday 8/6, 19:30, Seminar Hakibutzim, Ramat-Aviv – free entrance
Preview by Danny Simon – an expert on species invasions

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
USA 2012
Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Based on Dr. Seuss favorite sotry.

86 minutes
When & where:
Thursday 5/6, 14:00, Na-Lagaat, Jaffa Port | TICKETS



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)