Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 09 - AFRICAN LENS

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The effects of climate change on Africa's Sahel region are devastaing. Yet hope lies in the Great Green Wall - an ambitious project to grow an 8,000km "wall" of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight back against runaway climate change, severe resource scarcity and mass migration. Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award®-nominated director of "City of God" and "The Two Popes") and Malian musician Inna Modja take us on an epic journey from Senegal to Djibouti gathering storie and sharing songs with those on the frontline of the fight to save their land and their ways of life. Winner of the PhilaEnviroFilmFest 2020 ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AWARD.

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  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Country
    Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia, IUK
  • Note
    Director Biography - Jared P. Scott is an Emmy®-nominated writer/director/producer and New York Times® Bestseller. Jared recently wrote, directed, and produced THE GREAT GREEN WALL (2019) - an epic music-driven journey along a burgeoning 8000km 'wall' of trees stretching across Africa to fight against runaway climate change, desertification and mass migration. Executive Produced by Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award®-nominated director of 'City of God' & 'The Two Popes') and featuring Malian musician/activist Inna Modja, the film premiered at Venice, won Best Documentary awards at several festivals (São Paulo IFF, Serbia, Moscow, Beyond FF, EarthX), and is currently being sold worldwide by Seville International (eOne). Announced theatrical releases include France (June '20), Canada (July '20) and Germany/Europe (Oct '20). Jared wrote, directed, and produced THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (2016/17) - an investigation of climate change and US national security - nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary. The film played theatrically (US, Canada, UK), garnered critical acclaim at festivals worldwide (HotDocs, Sheffield, DOC NYC), charted in the top 5 on iTunes (US), and has global distribution with PBS in 50+ territories. STARZ launched their documentary strand with the film's US broadcast and streaming premiere. Jared wrote, directed, and produced the NYTimes® Critics' Pick REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM (2015/16) - Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power (TriBeCa, AFI, IDFA). The film was a top grossing theatrical doc (US, Canada), charted at #1 on iTunes for 8+ weeks and premiered globally on NETFLIX. The film was adapted into an eponymous book that Jared co-created and co-edited with Noam Chomsky, reaching #6 on The New York Times® Bestseller list and #1 in over 10 categories on Amazon's Bestseller lists. Published by Seven Stories Press (Kurt Vonnegut), translations have been released in over 20+ languages. He wrote, directed and produced DISRUPTION (2014, Vimeo Staff Pick) that helped galvanize the largest climate mobilization in history and DO THE MATH (2013, Al-Jazeera), Bill McKibben's David vs Goliath fight against the fossil fuel industry. Other films include DISOBEDIENCE (2016, producer), MONEY IS MATERIAL (2014, VSP), IMPOSSIBLE (2014, VSP), THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF (2013, Sundance), SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE (2012, producer), and SPLIT: A DIVIDED AMERICA (2008/09, producer) which have aired/streamed on IFC, PBS, The Documentary Channel, Pivot, iTunes & Amazon.
  • Director
    Jared P. Scott
  • Screenwriter
    Alexander Asen, Charly Feldman, Sarah MacDonald, Pilar Rico, Jared P. Scott
  • Producer
    Charly Feldman, Nick North, Jared P. Scott
  • Cast
    Inna Modja, Songhoy Blues, Didier Awadi, Betty G., Waje
  • Cinematographer
    Tim Cragg
  • Editor
    Pilar Rico
  • Production Design
    Mags Scholes
  • Sound Design
    Emma Butt, Adam Prescod, Jose Ramirez, Matt A. Schoenfeld, Hayley Wagner
  • Music
    Inna Modja, Charlie Mole