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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Kristen Reid at 10:37AM

Blog posting written by Kristen Reid '21, FLEFF Blogging Intern, Cinema and Photography


From physical disruptions, like the damage humans have done to our environment, to metaphysical disruptions, like the passion of a heated debate, disruptions are unavoidable. This year, FLEFF is exploring the theme of DISRUPTIONS through a wide variety of events, screenings and panels aimed at disrupting the status quo.

Deforestation. Wildfires. Dependence on fossil fuels. As a festival with an environmental mission, this year’s edition of FLEFF will showcase these examples of widespread environmental disruption as well as many others. Each of these aspects of our current society are wreaking havoc on our environment and encouraging the critical threat of global climate change.

By bringing attention to these dangerous environmental disruptions, FLEFF is working towards a more sustainable future for generations to come. Beyond highlighting just these unwanted disruptions, this festival facilitates and supports the conversations necessary to find the solutions.

While it might be easy to associate the feeling of emotional disruption with a negative connotation, in reality it should be welcomed. These disruptions challenge how we see the world, raise questions and argue new ideas.

One of FLEFF’s main goals is to promote spirited debate. As people from all around the world, from a variety of socioeconomic statuses, races, ethnicities and experiences flock to Ithaca this April to explore and discuss disruption, new ideas will flow and there will inevitably be sensitive ideas raised.

The beauty of FLEFF is that instead of fearing these hard conversations, we encourage festival-goers to step out of their comfort zones and widen their worldview. FLEFF proves year after year that these kinds of disruptions are a necessary discomfort. This year, with such an exciting and expansive theme, the possibilities for conversation and controversy are endless.

In the end, environmental sustainability is a human problem and the only way to learn about others’ experiences is to sit down and listen, especially if it means disrupting the way you think about the world.


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