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Lochaber teenage climate activist and environment correspondent for the Lochaber Times Holly Gillibrand attended the screening of a new climate change documentary at the seventh Into Film festival in Glasgow.
Holly gave a rousing speech ahead of the screening to the young audience of pupils from across Scotland who last week attended the free cinema trips, special film events and accessing free resources through the Into Film festival.
With more than 240 screenings taking place from Orkney to Dumfries, the festival – which runs until November 22 – is hosted by film education charity Into Film, and launched this week with pupil premieres across Scotland and the UK of new climate change documentary, 2040.
Cited as the first film aimed at young audiences to offer a hopeful response to eco-anxiety, 2040 is part of the festival’s environmentally-themed screenings and events throughout the Festival and is supported by Unicef.
The documentary explores what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
This year’s festival comprises eight strands that can help educators navigate the packed programme: Mental Wellbeing and Identity, Language and Creativity, The Natural World, Exploring History, Debate, Fantasy and Adventure, Rebellion and Musicals.
Scottish youngsters will also have their pick of historical dramas like Mary Queen of Scots, documentaries like Nae Pasaran, which chronicles how Scottish aircraft workers refused to fix engines in solidarity against Chile’s fascist dictatorship, and films like The Queen’s Corgi, a Belgian animation in which the Queen’s most beloved dog must find his way back to the palace after being betrayed by his fellow corgi.
The Into Film programme supports children and young people to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways, as well as learn about the film industry and foster a lifelong love of cinema and film-making.