Umundu Festival – CLIMATE OF CHANGE (Guided Tour & Film + Talk)

Global climate change is arguably the greatest challenge facing our world today. The risks and costs of dealing with the consequences of global warming will continue to increase unless concerted and deliberate action is taken now. Climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, and it is an opportunity for new, sustainable social orders and global cooperation in a new human era.

What challenges and opportunities exist to mitigate climate change and its consequences and what role our everyday actions, politics and administration, science, education and culture play in this, we want to explore together from September 24 to October 2 under the title “Climate of Change”.

With numerous contributions of local initiatives to this year’s main topic “climate change”, the festival week shows what the Dresden sustainability scene is up to. In workshops, discussions, lectures or excursions you can participate in current debates, get to know exemplary examples of sustainable (everyday) practice in Dresden, make contacts and become active yourself. Cinema lovers can expect an exciting film program in various cinemas in Dresden. Viewing is strictly allowed.

MONDAY, 27.9.2021

Guided tour: GEH8 goes green

18.30- 19.30

In the last years a lot has happened in the art and culture center GEH8 in Dresden-Pieschen. We will show you how we think culture green and which important milestones we could already realize; from cistern to green roof, from green electricity to edible hedge. Come with us on a tour behind the scenes. Meeting and starting point is in the courtyard of GEH8. Immediately afterwards, the film screening “Smog” from the series “Trash with Brains” will run in GEH8, a joint event of Phase IV and GEH8 – it’s worth staying there.

When: Monday, September 27, 2021

Start: 6:30 p.m.

Where: GEH8 courtyard

More info here!


Film and Talk: Trash with Brains Vol. 3: Smog

8 – 10 pm

There is 1973 inversion weather in the whole Ruhr area. Countless cars and huge amounts of unfiltered pollutants from factories make the air more and more toxic. There are discussions in the media, experts speak out, politicians warn against scaremongering. But when the first deaths are reported, unpopular measures have to be taken…

Wolfgang Petersen shot his TV film as a fictional reportage and staged a prophetic reflection on a crisis management that targets elementary ways of life. He probably wouldn’t have dreamed that he was anticipating the specter of “climate lockdown” that various circles on the Internet are loudly warning about today with an eye to the upcoming election. The trash is threatening from another side this time, and we need to talk!

Film running time: 86 minutes. Following the screening, PhaseIV will offer a film discussion to help the haze settle and clear the air.

When: Monday, September 27, 2021

Start: 8 pm

Where: GEH8 Art Space

More info here!

FRIDAY, October 1, 2021

Film + Talk: Kiss the Ground

Addressing a promising tool in the fight against climate change, the substance that underlies everything: the soil we walk on. By regenerating our world’s soils, climate can be restabilized, lost ecosystems restored, and an abundant food supply created. Using vivid graphics and stunning NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how soil plays an important role by sequestering carbon in the atmosphere.
The documentary chooses to take an optimistic approach to the challenges of our time, giving voice to people who refuse to back down from the threat of climate catastrophe. Instead, they try to face it – as farmers, educators, scientists and yes, even as politicians.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the following guests:

Mai Trinh, Local Agenda 21 with the projects Food Council and Edible City.
N.N, farmer from the region
Julia Mertens, deinHof Solidarity Farming

For those who like it cozy and warm: please bring a blanket – the hall is unheated.

When: Friday, October 1, 2021

Start: 7.30 p.m.

Where: GEH8 art room

Free admission!

More info here!