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3rd Green Film Festival Kicks Off in Seoul

2006/05/04 Source

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As Korea becomes more urbanized, many are calling on the need to focus on preserving and improving the natural environment.
Now Seoul may be adding new parks to its landscape, but not enough, appears to be the message of a special film festival.
Son Hee-kyung has this story.

These scenes are far from the hustle and bustle of city life in Korea.
A film festival, taking place in Seoul, seeks to shed more light on the importance of living in a clean, non-polluted, and green world.
Now in its third-year, the Green Film Festival is showcasing works by directors from around the world, to raise awareness of environmental issues.

MO EUN-YOUNG, PROGRAMMER OF GREEN FILM FESTIVAL: "We can't live without air or water, but it seems that these days people are just taking them for granted and forgetting about their importance, so the idea is to encourage people to get more attached to their environments and take the initiative in nature conservation".

To get across his message of environmentally friendly transportation, Korean actor, Yoo Ji-tae, directed a short story in 2003, called "The Bike Boy".
It's about a shy boy who likes a girl.
He realizes that, riding a bicycle, something that he is good at, is a way to attract the girl.
Another film, by two 13-year-old American documentary makers, Stephen Sotor and Trace Gaynor, tackles the issue of atomic bombs.
It runs through the history and consequences of nuclear bombs.
Films, such as this Swedish movie, which focus on raising the public's awareness of environmental problems, including contamination, are also being shown at the festival.

CHOI YUL, DIRECTOR OF GREEN FILM FESTIVAL: "More than 100 movies from nearly 30 countries are being screened during the seven-day festival. The festival allows people to stop and think about their surroundings. Most of the movies can be enjoyed by families as well".

Audience members may get to see Korean actor, Park Jin-hee, who is at the forefront when it comes to environmental issues, and also the festival's goodwill ambassador.
Organizers say at the end of the day, the aim is to plant thoughtful images.

Son Hee-kyung, Arirang News.

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