Films Debate - Film it like it is

The role of film-makers in promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stories

A concerted global effort is required to tackle the rising threat posed by disasters. Film-makers and journalists have an important role to play in informing citizens world-wide about the risk posed by natural hazards, and about actions that can be taken now to reduce the impact of future disasters and to adapt to a changing climate.

So far much of the thrust of the film industry, NGOs, UN organizations and media in portraying disasters and climate change has focused on outcome - which is more visually stimulating - rather than showcasing vital prevention and adaptation solutions.

The Film Debate, moderated by a respected media figure, will centre on enhancing the interaction between the film/news industry, and leading organizations dealing with disaster risk management and climate change adaptation on a daily basis.

  • Date & Time: Wed 17 June (18:00-20:30)
  • Room: 2
  • Participation: Open
  • Moderator: Ed Girardet, Director, Essential Edge
  • Panelists: Franny Armstrong - Director of "The Age of Stupid"
    Madeleen Helmer - Head of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
    Robert Lamb - Manager of DEV TV and One planet features
    David Ohana - OCHA information department
    Dennis Dimick - Executive Editor, Environment National Geographic


18:00 Introduction by Ed Girardet
18:15 Presentation of two Hollywood trailers :
- An Inconvenient Truth
- The Age of Stupid
18:30 The first part of the debate will focus on the main challenges faced by Hollywood to portray climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stories.
19:00 Presentation of a selection of three short films made by NGOs, UN organizations and media
19:30 The second part of the debate will discuss how experts and film makers can better work together
20:00 Door Prize: a video copy of 'An Inconvenient Truth" signed by Al Gore.

Selected Films

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The makers of these films would like to thank the following organizations for their support : Christian Aid ; IFRC ; ProVention Consortium ; WMO; The World Bank; UNDRR

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Last updated: 15 December 2020