Environmental film festival promotes sustainable energy

The organizers of Criterio Ambiental Film Festival have announced a program for an environmental film festival and discussion series on how to transition to sustainable energy.

The two-day event will feature five environmental documentaries and three panels from the academic, business and governmental sides of energy.

The fair is part of a global initiative by the United Nations to have similar discussions and presentations around the world.

Numerous organizers pitched in to hold the festival including the Universidad de Costa Rica, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the Ministero de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones, the French Embassy and others.

Organizers plan to show five environmental films. Four of them are feature-length films from Spain, Italy and Germany. The last a 20-minute film made by a student at the Universidad de Costa Rica. This film is an animated satire that criticizes the practice of fracking, which is pumping water down a well to fracture rock and expose veins of petroleum or natural gas.

The panels will be interspersed between the films and feature researchers, professors, business managers and international experts with expertise in sustainable energy.

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Both parts of the event will be in the Auditorio Alberto Brenes on the Universidad de Costa Rica campus.

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