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Energy

A flick of the switch, a turn of the car key, the purring of the router... and every single time the power station gets thirsty for more fuel. While we prepare to face potential energy shortages this winter, Cinema Nova takes a closer look at the subject and finds out where exactly we get our energy from. Humankind has always extracted energy, but we have never been as ignorant about the sources we extract it from as we are today. At In November and December, Cinema Nova features films that explore the question of energy all over the planet (from Belgium to Japan, India and the US), take a critical look at the sources from which we extract our energy and treat controversial subjects in the field of oil, shale gas and nuclear power.

We present documentaries which take an in­depth look at the social struggle connected with the extraction of energy. The Indian documentary film “Aftershocks : the Rough Guide to Democracy” treats the expropriation of land following a destructive earthquake, while Lech Kowalski’s “Drill Baby Drill” documents the struggle of Polish farmers against multinational corporations looking to exploit shale gas. Another of Kowalski’s films, “The End of the World Begins with One Lie” juxtaposes footage shot by pioneer documentary maker Robert Flaherty with amateur footage of the disastrous oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Into Eternity”, “Metamorphosen”, “Le sacrifice” and “The Radiant” delve into subjects such as nuclear power and the half­(un)truths surrounding it. But fictional movies too are often pretty revelatory: the sci-fi dystopia of “Mad Max II”, the despondent scenery of a Chinese city in “Still Life”, the combative Hollywood flick “The China Syndrome” and the poetic reflections on a world without humans in “Machine to Machine” and a World without machines in “Slow Action “.

As our programme on energy also aims to facilitate reflection, discussion and the exchange of ideas, we also schedule theme nights and interviews with experts in the field who come and talk about the Belgian situation and the international stakes, show us how we can (partly) reclaim energy or just explain "how it all works". For the series Cinema With Us, we cooperate with the Japanese documentary festival of Yamagata (Yidff) to show a number of films dealing with the post Fukushima era. Visionary artist Bernard Delville, co­founder of Mass Moving, imagines playful and concrete alternatives to our current energy­devouring attitude. An evening progamme on shale gas will be organised around Josh Fox’s award­winning documentary “Gasland”.



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