The Sustainable Living Film Festival (Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Film Festivali – SYFF) is a celebration of those striving to create a better future throughout the world.
This year's festival will take place between November 18th and 20th in cities all across Turkey. In Fethiye, all screenings will be held at the Fethiye Culture Centre (FBKM). All the films will be in the English language, or have English subtitles. Entrance to all films is free.
The festival organisers – a voluntary organisation known as the Sustainable Living Collective (Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Kolektifi), have collated documentaries by dozens of directors, who imagine a society that is open to the public, fair, understanding, embracing of diversity, kind to the planet and all life on it.
In 2016, the Festival is celebrating its 9th year, and it's the second time that the festival has come to Fethiye. Last year's festival had an incredible range of films; over 30 short documentaries from across the world.
For me, the highlight of last year's programme was The True Cost; a powerful and sometimes brutal picture of the globalised fashion industry, and the price borne by the communities in the world where so many of our clothes are produced. As with the best of these films, it also sought to inspire a better way of doing things, enabling viewers to become part of the solution rather than the problem. The True Cost is still available online, and is worth seeking out – it's a film that everyone should watch.
At the time of going to press, this year's festival programme is not available, but once released it will be published in the Facebook group Fethiye Arts and Culture Events – so keep an eye on there for updates.
FILMS FEATURED IN THE 2016 SUSTAINABLE LIVING FILM FESTIVAL:
Waste management and recycling in Bangalore 7 minutes / India / 2016
Age of the Farmer 6 minutes / Canada / 2015
Wings of Change 53 min / Israel, Palestine / 2016
All the Time in the World 87 min / Canada / 2014
The E-waste Tragedy 86 min / Spain, France / 2014
WEconomics: Italy 19 min / US, Italy / 2016
Daughter of the Lake 87 min / Peru / 2015
Racing to Zero 59 min / US / 2014
Can we do it ourselves? 60 min / Sweden / 2015
Fractured Land 75 min / Canada / 2015
Swallow Project 4 min / Turkey / 2016
Kombit: The Cooperative 45 min / US / 2015
The Story of Bakeys Edible Cutlery 4 min / India / 2016
A Common Right Uganda 6 min / India / 2012
The Land of Many Palaces 61 min / China / 2015
Time to Choose 100 min / US / 2015
Unravel 14 min / India / 2012
Message in a Bottle 15 min / US / 2015
Tarzan Kemal: The Story of a Citizen 60 min / Turkey / 2015
Back to the Land 5 min / Scotland / 2016
Tomorrow 118 min / France / 2015
The Living Seed and The Living Soil 20 mins (x2) / India / 2015
Collaboration: On the Edge of a New Paradigm 55 min / Sweden / 2015
Unbroken Ground 26 min / US / 2016
For more information, go to surdurulebiliryasamfilmfestivali.org
This article was first published in Land of Lights on 31st October 2016.