We would like to invite you to the Teacher’s Forum “Restoring balance – a cinema for young viewers in the face of anthropocentrism” taking place in Poznań, 4–6 December 2019.
The program and application form will be available from our website in mid-November.
Nearly forty years ago, Godfrey Reggio made his film ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (which means “a life without balance” in the language of Hopi). In a poignant, yet poetic manner, the image shows how human actions are distorting the natural rhythm of the environment. It is difficult to believe that the film was created so long ago... and yet, so little has changed in terms of human expansion and the vulnerability of Mother Nature.
The problem of climate change is currently well known and extensively commented on in various circles. For young people, the effect of ecosystem imbalances caused by thoughtless, expansive activities of mankind is an issue of prime importance. Through her firm stance, sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg inspired mass protests of young people demanding specific actions to be taken in order to combat climate change.
And hence, art and education have a truly meaningful mission to fulfil these days. They need to address openly the irrational and greedy human actions that lead to the self-destruction of humanity. Warn, sensitise and raise awareness. Help to understand the causes of dangerous changes occurring in the natural environment. Encourage reflection and action. Show how to change the wrong anthropocentric perspective on the world and re-establish an empathetic relationship with the nature that surrounds us, restoring the balance of coexistence. During this year’s Forum, we will focus on these issues, analyse how they are reflected in films and explore the educational potential of cinema in this respect.
The Forum is organised within the frame of Ale Kino! Industry / Education Pro initiative.