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A scene from African Cats by Disney's nature documentary label. Courtesy ADIEFF
A scene from African Cats by Disney's nature documentary label. Courtesy ADIEFF

Our film picks at Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival

A guide to what to watch at the opening weekend of the Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival.

April 20

African Cats, 9pm

This nature documentary - the fourth from Disney's nature documentary label - follows several lions and cheetahs as they try to survive in the African savannah. Narrated by Samuel L Jackson.

 

April 21

Chernosaurus, 2pm

With a clear nod to the real-life disaster at Chernobyl, this animation looks at new life forms - the Chernosaurs - that were born from a nuclear explosion in an Eastern European power station.

 

Hum of Holland, 6pm

What does the Netherlands sound like? And no, it's not of clogs. In this documentary, the filmmaker Stella Van Voorst van Beest leads us through the country to experience extraordinary and everyday sounds and searches for silence in unexpected places.

 

April 22

Himself He Cooks, 6pm

Set in India's Golden Temple of Amritsar, a central place for Sikh worship, this colourful, wordless film captures the spontaneous choreography of hundreds of people preparing tens of thousands of meals a day.

 

Canned Dreams, 10pm

Looking at the absurdities of food production, the film follows the journey of seven main ingredients - seven stories from seven countries - that go into a can of ravioli, and the dreams of the workers who help make them.

 

April 23

Chimpanzee, 10pm

As the title suggests, this documentary - another from Disneynature - centres on a chimpanzee, Oscar, who finds himself alone in the African forests until he is adopted by another chimpanzee who raises him as his own child. Narrated by Tim Allen.

 

No Man's Zone, 6pm

Made about two months after the 2011 tsunami struck Japan, this film is among the first to examine the lives of those living around the Fukushima nuclear power plant - many in refugee camps - and the growing exclusion zone.

 

ź All films will be screened at the Abu Dhabi Theatre

* Alex Ritman

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