Monday, 07 December 2020 14:38

The kind revolution for CLIMATE CHANGE opens the #GIFFONI50 WINTER EDITION: a digital event with Jim Rakete’s FILM “NOW”

The eventi s scheudled on 12 December. The film will be followed by a Q&A in live streaming with activists Zion Lights and Nike Mahlhaus

Young people will save the planet. Or at least they will try. With the strength of their ideas, and that gentle revolution that has so far had the merit of imposing the theme of climate change as a priority on the world leaders’ agendas. NOW revolves around climate change; the German documentary helmed by Jim Rakete and distributed in Italy by Wanted Cinema, will kick off # Giffoni50 - Winter Editiont.

The special event, all digital, is scheduled for 12 December. The online screening of the film is reserved for Generator +13, Generator +16 and Generator +18 jurors as well as to the participants of the Impact section and the Italian hubs of Giffoni.

The film shall be followed by a Q&A starting at 6.30 pm, streaming live, in perfect Giffoni style. The discussion will represent an opportunity to explore such a topical issue with two protagonists of world activism, Zion Lights and Nike Mahlhaus who both appear in the film. The discussion will be and moderated by Teresa Argovino, activist and member of the Giffoni Dream Team.

The desire for mobilization and active participation of young people is at the heart of the film: from Greta Thunberg to the Extinction Rebellion group, for these young people and their movements, rebellion is an instrument in the war to defend the environment, to defend the future. A peaceful rebellion but of great civil impact.

School strikes, demonstrations and civil disobedience: these are the words that most often recur in the young activists’ vocabulary. The new wave of young activists soon spread around the world, using every means to awaken politicians and the rest of the population to the issues of climate change. NOW is about this. It is a film that tells of the strength of these youth, a sense of responsibility that adults obviously do not have.

There are diehard activists such as Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the iconic rock poet Patti Smith, a guest at Giffoni in 2012: all contribute to the movement for change.

NOW shows how young activists from around the world - Felix Finkbeiner (Plant for the Planet), Luisa Neubauer, Greta Thunberg (Fridays for Future) and Vic Barrett (Youth v. Gov), are currently challenging the stagnant present and pushing for a real change. The film focuses on these young protagonists, bringing out their analytical skills, revealing the skills they have gained on these issues, giving the exact perception of how it is up to this generation to save the Earth.

The film will be followed by a Q&A that can be followed  on the streaming platform Two international voices will interact with the audinece: Zion Lights and Nike Mahlhaus.

Zion Lights is a British author known for her advocacy and science communication work. She is the author of "The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting" and of the poetry collection "Only a Moment". SHe holds a Masters in Communication Sciences at the University of West of England and is a speaker at Tedx Talks. She is a former spokesperson for the Extinction Rebellion movement for the UK and editor of her newspaper The Hourglass.

Nike Mahlhaus is a 27-year-old climate activist. SHe is studying social sciences in Berlin and has been taking part in civil disobedience protests against lignite since 2017. In 2019 she was spokesperson for the German organization "Ende Gelände". Her interests include climate justice, climate communication, feminism and community self-organization.

The Q&A will be moderated by Terersa Argovino, a young environmental engineer, sustainable tourism consultant and GIffoni dreamteamer. Through her Instagram profile, she promotes sustainability issues, using a simple language within everyone's reach.

The NOW special event kicks off # Giffoni50 Winter Edition which until December 30th will be divided into different sections with a very rich program designed for the whole family, children and young adults through the films in competition, the events and masterclasses will be all digital. The full program of the winter edition will be available shortly.