Short Film: ALONGSIDE THE WATER – GENEVE AND IT’S NATURE, 16min., Switzerland, Documentary

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Geneva is a densely populated international canton with a humanitarian vocation. But it is also a canton that harbors natural treasures, much less known, including the wetland of international importance “The Geneva Rhone, Allandon and Laire Valleys”, protected by the international RAMSAR convention.

It is one of the 3 wetland sites of international importance in Switzerland along the Rhône. The other sites are the Gletsch glacier, at the source of the Rhone, and the Grangettes, at the mouth of the Rhone into Lake Geneva.

Through sports activities, Ophélia and Yannick discover these places of natural well-being close to the city. Their meetings with experts allow them to discover the richness of the fauna and flora in wetlands, but also to understand the importance of safeguarding and restoring these places which are becoming rare, although they are essential for the well-being of humanity and of great value for urban areas.

With the support of the MAVA Foundation, the Canton of Geneva and the Fonds Vitale.

Director Biography – Lakhdar, Hassan

After a bilingual education in Morocco, trips to Europe and language studies at the University of Essex in England, specializing in communication, vulgarization and adult education in Switzerland.

Creation of the structure ” Teenergy Productions ” with his wife to produce and direct constructive awareness raising documentary films in 4 areas for young people:

• health,
• environment,
• training and
• human rights.

Director Statement

Change the world through beautiful, meaningful and constructive images.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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