The festival, which is free to attend, will screen films that explore environmental issues, conduct talks with environmental activists, workshops and events focussed on waste management.
The inaugural Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival, organised by Zayed University and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), is set to be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat from February 6 to 8.
The film festival aims to put the spotlight on environmental issues, from climate change to single-use plastics, e-waste and food waste, with the intention of spreading awareness and inspiring change.
Films being shown at the festival include Albatross, Welcome to Sodom and the documentary Youth Unstoppable.
Albatross by Chris Jordan documents the lives and deaths of thousands of birds. Welcome to Sodom, a film set on a landfill site in Ghana where electronic waste from the west is recycled. Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth who rise to shape the world they live in.
Khansa Al Blouki, director of environmental outreach at EAD, says the focus of the festival is on waste and its impact on the environment. “We aim to highlight crucial environmental issues from different points of view through Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival to inspire and motivate audiences to better understand the threats and challenges that our planet faces.”