Between Nature and Humankind

Break away from the bustle of modern times for a while, and let’s take a stroll in the nature. Are you saying that you don’t know where to go? In our curated program, we’ll examine how we see the nature around us, how we actually relate to it, and how nature reacts to our way of life.

Renowned Canadian director Peter Mettler will take you to the US Grand Teton National in his latest film Becoming Animal. The long but visually captivating footage of the local fauna and flora contrasts not only with the human presence associated with the national park, but also with the ideas of philosopher and ecologist David Abram. His book of the same name, Becoming Animal, has also inspired David Redmon and Ashley Sabin to make their film entitled Sanctuary. In their documentary, we can watch donkeys from a breeding facility who fascinate the viewers with their togetherness and ability to communicate with each other. The metaphorical link between what humans do to animals and how animal life reflects human behaviour can be found in Day of the Sparrow, a documentary by German director Philip Scheffner. The human need to collect things, originally related to the fruits of nature and later to agriculture, has been documented in a personal film by Agnès Varda entitled The Gleaners and I.

How is the relationship between the man and nature changing today? Discover new insights into the realm of animals, plants, and people.

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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