Eco Film Club

Every Friday we get together to watch a film with themes that relate to Sadhana Forest. These can be films about environment, natural history, social issues, etc.

We open this evening to guests and welcome anyone that would like to share this evening with us. Reservations are not required. We provide a free shuttle bus from the center of Auroville to Sadhana Forest and back. Before the featured film we have a tour of the project, explaining the project’s mission, achievements, challenges, and future aspirations.

After the film we provide a vegan, organic dinner free of charge. This evening is given as a gift. To read more about why we don't charge for activities such as these go to: "Gift Economy".

Schedule

  • 16:00 - Our first shuttle bus leaves from The Solar Kitchen (located in the center of Auroville) to Sadhana Forest. Whoever wants to come for the tour of the project should take this bus.
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Tour of the project.
  • 18:00 - Our second shuttle bus leaves from The Solar Kitchen (located in the center of Auroville) to Sadhana Forest. Whoever wants to come just for the movie and not the tour of the project should take this bus.
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Screening of films about Sadhana Forest.
  • 19:00 - Screening of the featured Eco Film Club movie.
  • 20:30 - Vegan organic dinner served.
  • 21:30 - Bus returns to The Solar Kitchen in Auroville.


This Week At The Eco Film Club:

  • 92 Minutes / English / 2015 / Directed by Costa Boutsikaris

    Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called ‘Permaculture’. It is a design method that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

  • 42 Minutes / English / 2016 / Directed by Jörg Seibold

    The pursuit of money, power and happiness is rooted deeply within the human psyche. Do greed and egoism drive our vision of a perfect life? From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists, this documentary explores the phenomenon of greed with people from all walks of life and raises questions: How can it be defined? What makes us greedy? And what are the repercussions?

  • 42 Minutes / English / 2016 / Directed by Jörg Seibold

    The pursuit of money, power and happiness is rooted deeply within the human psyche. Do greed and egoism drive our vision of a perfect life? From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists, this documentary explores the phenomenon of greed with people from all walks of life and raises questions: How can it be defined? What makes us greedy? And what are the repercussions?

  • 77 Minutes / English / 2009 / Directed by Jenny Stein

    Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

  • MAY 4

    65 Minutes / non-narrative / 2010 / Directed by Patrick Rouxel

    A poetical film on the beauty of the Amazon forest and the harsh impact of the cattle and soy industries. It focuses on the double crime behind the cattle industry: on one hand, the deforestation for pasture and on the other, the daily merciless slaughter of cows by the thousands. This documentary invites us to question our consumer habits, to open our eyes and hearts, and allow room for empathy.

  • APRIL 27

    52 Minutes / English / 2005 / Directed by Patrick Rouxel

    The film is both a poetical film on the biodiversity of the Indonesian tropical rainforest and an insight into the logging industry in Indonesia. The first part of the film is centered around the character of a large male orangutan as it gently roams in the forest. The second part of the film is about the timber industry, the pulp and paper industry, and land conversion for palm oil plantations. The film also puts the onus on the working conditions of the local population. Not only is the logging industry destroying the rainforest, it is also exploiting the « little » people who have no choice but to accept poorly paid and dangerous jobs.

  • 67 Minutes / English / 2017 / Directed by Armando Costantino

    This first full-length documentary about vanlifers features interviews with singles, couples and families who explain their decision to live on the road and share their tips and unique experiences. It is an inspirational film that brings to light the most intriguing parts of this lifestyle.

  • 44 Minutes / English / 2012 / Directed by Linda Blagg

    The film outlines the characteristics of an emerging new planning paradigm called biophilic urbanism by detailing a case study of Singapore, which, over a number of years, has demonstrated how high density does not have to mean reduced natural systems.

  • 92 Minutes / English / 2012 / Directed by Paul Wittenberger

    The film investigates the theory that the addition of fluoride to drinking water is not as beneficial to dental health as originally thought, and may in fact be one of the causes of a cornucopia of neurological diseases that have arisen over the last several decades.

  • MARCH 23

    79 Minutes / Turkish with English Subtitles / 2017 / Directed by Ceyda Torun

    In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities.

May the forest be with you.