Wales One World Festival is your Passport to World Cinema

Wales One World (WOW) Film Festival will return to cinema screens across Wales, launching at the award-winning Chapter Arts Centre (www.chapter.org) in Cardiff on Sunday 18 to Sunday 25 March, followed by a Wales-wide tour in March and April.The festival will bring two screenings to Theatr Mwldan as part of Theatr Mwldan Film Society’s season of screenings.

LAS ACACIAS (12A), from Director Pablo Giorgelli, screens at Theatr Mwldan on March 18th at 6.10pm, and March 19th at 8.50pm. Rubén is a lonely truck driver who drives the highway from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires. When his boss arranged for him to transport Jacinta, a friendly but unobtrusive woman, to Buenos Aires, he failed to mention was that the human cargo would also include Anahí, Jacinta’s five-month-old daughter. The chilly, reticent Rubén, accustomed to the solitude of the road, might be able to ignore an adult, but Anahí’s persistent gaze threatens to wear down his stoic armour. No ordinary road movie, Las Acacias focuses its energies on the confines of Rubén’s cab, and conversations that quietly accumulate into something tremendously moving.

Think Global Act Rural (PG) from french Director Coline Serreau screens on 25th March at 6.00pm. Screening for the first time in the UK, this radical, exhilarating documentary not only digs into the problems of industrialized agriculture, quizzing farmers and philosophers alike, but explores concrete local solutions to the global ecological mess. This takes us on a journey from French farmers co-ops, via landless Brazilian peasants and experimental farms in India, to the world’s biggest organic farm in Ukraine. What they have in common is the goal of agricultural self-sufficiency by making better use of limited resources. A wise, funny, optimistic film that concentrates on the people with positive solutions to the ecological, financial, and political crises that we all face. There will be an introduction to the film and a discussion of the issues it raises afterwards. The discussion will be chaired by Andy Middleton of tyf in St David’s (www.tyf.com) and the Do Lectures (www.dolectures.com). Taking part on the panel will be Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at Lampeter University, and Ben & Kate from Real Seeds in Newport, http://www.realseeds.co.uk.

Since its launch eleven years ago, WOW has been at the forefront of supporting and celebrating world cinema, bringing global film to local cinemas across Wales. “With 15 Welsh premieres and films from 19 different countries WOW 2012 looks like a stunner…so watch this space!” David Gillam, Wales One World Film Festival Director.

For more information on the cinemas taking part, the films being screened and dates of the festival, visit www.wowfilmfestival.com. Follow WOW Twitter @wowfilm or become a fan on the WOW Facebook Page.

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