Invitation to a Millenium Cine-Debate

Up in SmokeThe Millenium Film Festival invites you to the screening of the 2011 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Award film “Up in Smoke“, which will take place on 15 October 2012 in Brussels in the framework of the European Development Days.

When: Monday, 15 October 2012, at 19.30
Where: Espace Senghor, 366 Chaussée de Wavre, 1040 Brussels

About the film

“Up in Smoke”, a film by Adam Wakeling, emphasises personal commitment to finding solutions to the challenges of development.

“Slash and burn” is the desperate solution that 250 million rural families use all over the world. Each year, after only one reasonable harvest, they leave their fields – now arid and infertile – to slash more forest. The burned trees release as much CO2 as the whole world’s transport combined.

Mike Hands, who is a former researcher at the University of Cambridge, has found a solution to this problem. He has tested this solution by conducting surveys, financed with a mortgage-loan covered with his family farm. He has been fighting for 25 years with a few convinced farmers to spread his method from person to person, hectare after hectare …

Runtime: 70′

Language: OV, Fr/Eng subtitles

The screening will be followed by a debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the interaction between agriculture, environment and climate change.

Participants at the event will include:

* Mike Hands, film protagonist, scientist and specialist on reforestation
* Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director of the UNDP Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy
* Antonio Vigilante, Director of the UN/UNDP Office in Brussels
* Charles Bois D’Enghien, Deputy General Director, Direction Générale du Développement, Belgium
* Nicolas Van Nuffel, Political Adviser at the CNCD, and
* European Commission representative (tbc).


There is no entrance fee, but registration is mandatory. To register, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

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