TURNING A SPOTLIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

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Among the special guests at Guth Gafa this weekend will be octogenarian farmer, Niels Stokholm  and his wife Rita, whose battle to maintain their biodynamic farm in Denmark in the face of resistance from the authorities is the subject of the very beautiful

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The festival is also  hosting the Irish premiere of the award-winning Seed:The Untold Story which looks at the battle to preserve the last remaining seed varieties from extinction.

Environmental filmmaker, Taggart Siegel is travelling to Guth Gafa from Oregon, USA to present the film which has scooped top awards at film festivals in Sheffield, Nashville and Princeton.

The fascinating Banking Nature investigates the commercialisation of the natural world where the protection of the planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John tells the epic American tale of one heroic farmer’s efforts to keep the family farm alive

What happens when one farmer in a remote village in Azerbaijan decides to break with tradition and introduce a European cow to his native herd is explored in the humourous Holy Cow.

Need for Meat meanwhile, follows the trials and tribulations of of one woman’s journey towards vegetarianism.

Over 60 of the best and latest documentary films from over 25 different countries around the world, including 32 Irish Premieres

and one World Premiere, will be screened over four days and the festival will welcome over 30 filmmakers from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Siberia.