Saturday, 30 April 2022 09:54

Sea and nature were the focus of today's films. The directors were thrilled: the debates in the theaters represented small steps towards change

 The two films that were screened on the third day of Verde Giffoni as part of the "In&Out Society" section respectively dealt with the sea and nature as a shelter. In the Sala Verde Cody Westman's film Hell or clean water. Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath is committed to cleaning up the ocean floor, fishing out tires, thus devoting himself to what seems to be an impossible mission. On the verge of bankruptcy and while facing a separation, Shawn's obsessive dedication catches the attention of locals and that of a controversial non-profit organization that would like to help him scale up his fishing operations. Driven by passion yet held back by bureaucracy, this inspiring story highlights the magnitude of man-made environmental damage and the power of a man determined to make the world a better place.

The screening of the film aroused a lot of interest in the young people, who asked questions to the director: "Shawn - said Cody Westman - dared to make these dives. He knew he would find all kinds of trash on the seabed. Of course, he expected to be receiving donations to go on, but they didn't arrive at first. However, today we're talking about this story and the things you've noticed are very significant because they represent a first step towards change". After the film, Shawn's activity gained attention: "Today - said the director - over one hundred thousand dollars have been donated and he has the support of the Canadian government. The interest in his work is growing. The film aims at showing the hardships you always face even when you want to do good. If Shawn hadn't received funding, he would have emerged as a sad, empty person. But that's not what happened".

In the Sala Blu, the young people watched Alejandro Quiroga's film Ginger's Paradise. Christopher, an American musician, is about to receive his mother, who will travel to Bolivia for the first time to visit him in his eco-sustainable farm and eco-hotel in the jungle. Ginger’s Paradise is an alternative living project that Christopher has built with his partner Sol, a very talented Bolivian woman with a deep knowledge of sustainability. However, life in nature can engender unexpected conflicts: every paradise can conceal a little hell, and this Bolivian jungle sanctuary is no exception. Nature thus becomes both a shelter and a prison. First of all, the director thanked the young people: "It's wonderful - said Quiroga - to see you all here in the theater".

He then shared a few facts about the film. "I had this dream of becoming a filmmaker and I used to look for new stories all the time. I followed Christopher’s family for four years and after a lot of  hard work we came up with the product you watched. I discovered things little by little and I also  sympathized with Chris' story. What will be the future of Ginger's Paradise? Not easy to say. I just think that choosing to make your life more precarious is never an easy choice, even though the values that are guiding you are very noble".