ECOCUP Festival 2016 Will Present the Best Green Films From all Around the World in Moscow

Baobab Between the Land and the Sea

Feb, 25 — Grand Festival opening in legendary Illuzion cinema center

Feb, 26-29 — VII Ecocup film festival (Documentary Film Center (DFC), Center for Creative Industries Fabrika and Moscow universities)

ECOCUP is an international green documentary film festival in Russia to know what is really going on at our planet. During the whole year we search for the best films about love, nature, green community, new technologies, our planet Earth and life around us.

This year we bring 14 new films from USA, Canada, Italy, Israel, Finland, India, Germany and other countries and 2 short films programmes. All films are screened at the original language with Russian subtitles. After every screening we have open discussions with Russian and foreign experts.

The Festival brings together filmmakers, green artists, designers, photographers and ecologically aware audience. It offers evening screenings, meetings with filmmakers, discussions, eco-fair, morning coffee screenings and many many more.

Dark Side of The Chew

It's the world's second most common form of litter. It's invisible to most. Yet it lurks everywhere (including the bottoms of tables, desks and shoes). How did we become so addicted to chewing gum and how is our consumption of trillions of sticks a year impacting our health and our planet? Join award-winning, eco-activist filmmaker Andrew Nisker — Garbage! (Sundance), Chemerical (Netflix), Orange Witness (Documentary) — in a cinematic first as he travels our planet and speaks to gobs of manufacturers, activists and scientists to unravel the entertaining, yet shocking truth behind our obsession with a seemingly innocuous product that is gumming up more than just our environment. Full of unexpected twists and bubble-bursting surprises, the Dark Side Of The Chew will give you a lot to chomp on if you're hooked on this seemingly innocent, age-old habit.

Racing to Zero

Racing To Zerois a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste.By simply substitutingthe word resource for the word garbage, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industriescan emerge.

Three years ago the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020.Racing to Zerotracks San Francisco'swaste stream diversion tacticsand presentsinnovativenew solutions to waste. This film documents asurprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.


For over 2000 years in Italy, survives the extraordinary way of hunting swordfish with the harpoon, one of the most ancient and spectacular practices in the Mediterranean. Giuseppe is the son of Nino, one of the best hunters. Even if he is old enough to grasp the harpoon, he is unsure whether he has to kill and to seize the legacy of this millennial hunting tradition. Giuseppe, loves nature and is studying biology at the university. For a young fisherman, killing the swordfish with a harpoon is an initiation rite, but Giuseppe is torn between the meaning of an ancestral tradition, and the ethic values of life and nature protection. Giuseppe likes to go diving, he does not want to watch the sea only from the surface where everything seems to remain unchanged, he wants to go deep, be fascinated by its beauty, but he also realizes how the sea is drying up and is in danger. The dilemma of Giuseppe is the dilemma of our times, between the exploitation of nature and a new environmental consciousness. Giuseppe still lacks the courage to go through the final act, to kill.



Paraso is a "direct cinema" documentary film that follows the lives of child survivors one month after the tragedy of the strongest typhoon ever recorded on earth, Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We will see their struggles as they live on and rebuild their lives in what was once their Paraiso, which is but a memory of tragedy and great loss.

Safari, Paying to Kill

When King Juan Carlos paid an estimated $60,000 to kill an elephant in Botswana, it caused a major political scandal. The recent shooting of Cecil of the Lion provoked headlines all over the world. But despite the global outrage, hundreds of Westerns come to South Africa every year to kill wild animals. In this film, we investigate the safari tourism industry. For 15,000 euros, you can shoot a lion. A rhinoceros is 80,000 euros. Sometimes you can even choose the size and color of the animal. In this country, where 80% of wildlife lives on private land, the animals belong to farmers who raise them especially for hunting. As Jeff Rand, the hunting guide of Juan Carlos, states: 'What he did was totally legal. It was a great hunt.' And for those who don't want to have to travel to Africa to kill a zebra, now the animals are being shipped to Texas so that they can be shot there.

All the Time in the World

In search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches.

Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children,All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment — parents connecting with children, children connecting withnature.

Baobab Between the Land and the Sea

By their sheer size and original shapes, baobabs are among the most remarkable trees on the planet. Relatively unknown in Madagascar, these giants are currently threatened by deforestation. To study them, in the heart of their forests, Cyrille Cornu and Wilfrid Ramahafaly travel by pirogue, exploring 400 km of wild and isolated coastline in the southwest of Madagascar. The film chronicles the expedition. It reveals discoveries, encounters, scientific results of the two explorers, baobabs and landscapes that had mostly never been filmed or even photographed!


Landfill harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America's largest landfills.This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage.When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts.However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.



David Gro, chef, filmmaker and activist, travels through five European countries eating only what other people call waste. Also accompanying him is his wastemobile, which only runs on used vegetable oil.


Undueis a documentary about Terra Preta, Toilets & Mars.

Terra Preta is a fertile, water storing black soil that can be created out of all types of organic waste including our feces. Yes, feces, they're inevitable, and when we flush them away, we are wasting our waste while contaminating valuable drinking water.

InUndune, the knowledge about Terra Preta is discovered by Gregor: he wants to support the colonization of Mars and identifies the cycle of nutrients and water as the main challenge. Through conversations with Terra Preta pioneers and small experiments, he develops a system to make human feces and other organic material usable on a mars base. Gregors daydreams about an alien space explorer bring the perspective down to Earth, where Gregors dialog partners see the largest potential for Terra Preta.

At the end, there remains just one question: Is there such a thing as useless shit?

Bring the Sun Home

Maura and Rosa, two illiterate women from a village with no light in El Salvador have just arrived to India to attend a course to learn how to make solar panels at the Barefoot College. These ladies had never left their families, they don't speak English and it seems impossible they will learn.

At the same time in South Peru Jeny and Paula, who have just come back from India, show that the Barefoot College is the place where the impossible is possible. They were just wives and mothers, now they have become solar engineers and they are traveling from village to village to bring the sun home.

Banking Nature

After years of working to undermine environmental regulations, governments and corporations are starting to think about the value of nature—and how they can profit from it.

Banking Nature is a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world—and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit. It's a worldview that sees capital and markets not as a threat to the planet, but as its salvation—turning nature into "natural capital" and fundamental processes such as pollination and oxygen generation into "ecosystem services."



Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent 3 years collecting real-life emotional stories from more than 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Those emotions, those tears and smiles, those struggles and those laughs are the ones uniting us all.

Waste Mandala

In the collective imaginary, Nepal is a land of pristine nature, temples and sacred sites. Few people are acquainted with the other side of the picture:a landdevastated by plastic and rubbish generated by mass tourism and the rapid spread of consumption in a civilization that is still archaic.Starting in 2011, a groupof volunteers began gathering the trash abandoned on the peaks of the Himalayas and in Nepal's sacred areas. They are known asthe Green Soldiers, an armyled by Achut Gurung, who, like a Bollywood version of Don Quixote, battles the mountains of plastic under which indifference, scorn, ignorance and, above all,a gradual and inexorable loss of cultural identity are hiding.

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