The Bohemian Football Club is teaming up with the Oatly Climate/Culture Lab to announce a unique film festival that will take place in the historic Dalymount Park between the 8th and the 11th of September 2022. Football teams from around Europe will travel to Dublin to attend the festival and launch a new football climate justice project.
The Bohemian Environmental Justice Film Festival (BEFF) is the first festival focused on the stories of people and communities on the front lines of the fight against environmental catastrophe. There is an increasing awareness of the intersection between people’s lives and the consequences of environmental breakdown. Around the world, filmmakers are telling the story of struggle and survival in the face of the converging environmental crises we face.
The festival lineup features a diverse line-up of cinema from around the world. BEFF kicks off with the Irish Premiere of Neptune Frost in The Lighthouse Cinema on Thursday the 8th, the extraordinary Afrofuturist fiction from Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman and executive produced by Lin-Manual Miranda.
The rest of the screenings will be held outdoors at Dalymount Park, Bohemian Football Club’s stadium in Phibsboro. This includes The Territory, a Brazilian documentary produced by Darren Aronofsky, which follows the Amazonian Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe in their battle to defend their rainforests; The Ants and the Grasshopper, a Malawian-American feature that draws parallels in the struggle for climate justice in both countries; as well as a late-night showing of George Miller’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, in which its heroes search for a better future in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
This inaugural festival signals a milestone in climate justice. This is the first signature festival focused on platforming and celebrating these films of courage, solidarity, hope and anguish in the age of the Anthropocene and biodiversity collapse. The festival, sponsored by Oatly, and enabled by Irish event management company Happenings, will bring together Irish and international filmmakers, storytellers, activists, and decision-makers for a special weekend of screenings and events that will advance understanding of the environmental injustices faced by communities in Ireland and worldwide and the prospects for reparation. The event is part of the Bohemian Way, a Creative Climate Action project funded by Creative Ireland.
Speaking about the festival, Bohemian’s Climate Justice Officer Seán McCabe said, “We began working on climate justice at Bohemian Football Club because we recognised that the climate crisis was the single greatest challenge facing our fans, our community, and the world today. The world is waking up to the need to act on the climate crisis but there is still a lack of understanding as to the central importance of fairness and justice in delivering effective solutions. The Bohemian Environmental Justice Film Festival, and our partnership with Oatly, allow us to shine a light on the importance of ensuring that that action is fair and inclusive of all people.”
The Bohemian Environmental Justice Film Festival will run from the 8th to the 11th of September 2022.