Global science film fest goes to UPLB

Film buff, science geeks, and students weretreated to a movie fest at the Science Film Festival on Nov. 11-12 at SEARCA UmaliAuditorium, UPLB.

Four documentary films were shown in sevensessions of the worldwide film festival that promotes science, technology, andenvironment literacy and awareness.

The festival has counterpart screening in23 countries and is being spearheaded globally by Germany’s Goethe-Institut.

This year’s theme, “Humboldt and the web oflife,” pays tribute to Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, explorer,and geographer who marks 250th birth anniversary this year. He isattributed to having revolutionized the concept of nature with his definitionof it being an interconnected living web.

One of the featured films in the festivalwas about him, entitled “Humboldt and the rediscovery of nature.”

Another German-produced documentary, “The Caribbean,rhythm of life: whales and volcanos” was also featured in the film fest, alongwith two local films “Ilusyon” and “Manglares: buhay at peligro.

The local films, according to Dr. RubyCristobal, chief science research specialist at the Department of Science andTechnology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), were the winners of itsIndie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition.

DOST-SEI was responsible for bringing themovie festival to UPLB and other venues in the country.

“We carefully selected the films forelementary, high school, university, and the general public for screening inthe venues committed by Goethe Institut,” added Dr. Cristobal, who serves asthe head jury of the Science Film Festival in the country.

Dr. Cristobal officially opened the filmfestival during a short programme prior to the first film showing.

Joining her were the heads of DOST-SEI’sfilm fest partners at the UPLB campus, namely: Dr. Ma. Stella Tirol, dean ofthe College of Development Communication (CDC); Elaine Llarena, chair of CDC’sDepartment of Science Communication; and Dr. Glenn Gregorio, director of SEARCA.

Also present was Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, focalperson for the Philippine Space Education Program and a UPLB alumnus.

Students from eight educationalinstitutions were invited to see the movies. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with information from goethe.de)

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