The inaugural Climate Future Week is scheduled to take place from September 26 to 30, 2023.
The Museum of the Future, in collaboration with the Fiker Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank focusing on international affairs, public policy, and global governance, has geared up to host a Climate Film Festival as part of Climate Future Week. This event will feature screenings of three full-length feature films and three short films, along with a regional photography exhibition spotlighting the thought-provoking work of three Emirati photographers.
Climate Future Week, scheduled from September 26 to 30, 2023, holds significant importance during the UAE’s Year of Sustainability as the nation prepares to host COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The event aims to unite diverse perspectives on climate-related issues and raise awareness of initiatives supporting climate resilience.
The Climate Film Festival will showcase three feature films during the ‘Nights at the Museum’ late sessions, including Costa Brava, Lebanon, Soylent Green, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Additionally, three short films will be on a continuous loop at the museum throughout the week.
Costa Brava, Lebanon, screening on September 28, explores the story of the free-spirited Badri family escaping the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in their utopic mountain home, a haven they dedicated years to building.
The classic film Soylent Green, to be screened on September 29, offers a glimpse into a world on the brink of inhabitable conditions, with dwindling resources, dying oceans, and scarce food sources leading to a horrifying food solution.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, scheduled for September 30, narrates the tale of a six-year-old who confronts her ailing father’s failing health and the encroaching floodwaters resulting from melting ice caps in her cherished homeland.
The Climate Film Festival will also feature a range of climate-related screenings, including three short films on a continuous loop throughout the week at the Museum, which includes Lowland Kids, Rockies Repeat, and, M’Hamid Oasis Morocco.
Lowland Kids delves into the story of teenage siblings who are soon-to-become America’s first climate refugees.
Rockies Repeat is a documentary that follows a team of indigenous and settler artists as they explore the cultural impacts of climate change in the Canadian Rockies.
M’Hamid Oasis Morocco documents the remarkable restoration of the most remote oasis in the Draa Valley.
Furthermore, Climate Future Week will host a regional environmental photography exhibition, featuring the thought-provoking work of three esteemed Emirati photographers: Noura Al Neyadi, a storyteller and anthropologist; Obaid Albudoor, a passionate traveller and nature enthusiast; and Hamad Musharbak, an award-winning landscape photographer. Each photographer’s unique perspective will be showcased during Climate Future Week, providing a visual narrative of critical environmental issues.