As the only Russian member of Green Film Network, an international association of environmental film festivals, the 8th edition of the Green Documentary Film Festival ECOCUP is going to kick off in Moscow on February, 24. ECOCUP opens with the Russian premiere of the investigation movie Born to be free by Gayane Petrosyan. Following three free-diving women in the most remote corners of Russia, the film is already compared with the award-winning documentary The Cove by Louie Psihoyos.
This year‘s festival edition presents a selection of the most recent environmental documentaries from all across the world such as The age of consequences by Jarred P. Scott, Honey hunters by Kristian Matysek and Babushkas of Chernobyl by Holly Morris.
There are especially strong films from Russia in the program. Among the entries is 24 Snow by Mikhail Barynin that had it‘s world premiere in the NATIVe program at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. 24 Snow is about a nomade who passionately devotes his life to traditional horse breeding, toughing out the winter in the taiga. One of the most international successful Russian documentaries of the last years is Small people. Big trees in which Vadim Vitovtsev shows the influence of the western culture on the Pygmies, a tribe of the shortest people on Earthin the Central African Republic. Young members of the tribe want to explore modernity and use the latest technological achievements.
Besides the film program, the festival also provides an interactive workshop with the whale/ shark activist and filmmaker Erin Calmes as well as open talks with Birgit Heidsiek, Publisher of Green Film Shooting who has been invited by the Goethe Institut to Moscow. The ECOCUP Film Festival takes place in Moscow until March, 2nd. As every year, the independent festival is going to travel across various cities in Russia and CIS countries where movies and discussions on environmental issues and sustainability possibilities will be presented.