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[Film] TODAY IS OUR FUTURE: The First SDG Documentary Film Festival

November 27, 2019

The first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Documentary Film Festival is organized by the European embassies in the Philippines with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FCP).

The Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden present TODAY IS OUR FUTURE: The First SDG Documentary Film Festival, in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day (December 10). The first of its kind in Manila, the festival aims to raise awareness on sustainable development as both a responsibility and a human right, with 6 international documentary films highlighting specific United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

TODAY IS OUR FUTURE runs from December 2-5 at the University of Santo Tomas, and from December 6-8 at Gateway Cineplex Cinema 10.

1st SGD Documentary Film Festival line-up

Austria: The Green Lie

2017 | 93min

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Environmentally-friendly electric cars, sustainably-produced food, fair production: hooray! The big companies would have us believe that we can save the world by just buying the right stuff. But this is a widespread and dangerous lie. In his latest documentary, Werner Boote joins forces with Katharina Hartmann, an expert in greenwashing, to explore how we can fight back against this lie. Stop the Green Lies!


Denmark: The War Show

2016 | 100min

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her circle of friends join the street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, as the Arab Spring reaches Syria. Knowing their country would be changed forever, this group of artists and activists began filming their lives and the events around them. A deeply personal road movie, the film captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.


Germany: Thinking Like A Mountain


SDG 13: Climate Action


The Netherlands: Why We Cycle

2017 | 57min

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. We don’t think about it, we just do it. Perhaps the fact that we don’t think about it, is the key to the bicycle’s success in this country. But because we don’t give cycling a second thought, we don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. In the documentary ‘Why We Cycle’ we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling to people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.


Sweden: The Feminister


SDG 5: Gender Equality


Philippines: Sunday Beauty Queen


SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



All screenings are FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

2019 SDG Documentary Film Festival Screening Schedule

Dec 2 / Mon9:00 – 11:30The War Show (DK) with a special forum on SDG 16University of Santo Tomas Civil Law Auditorium
Dec 3 / Tues9:00 – 11:30Sunday Beauty Queen (PH)
14:00 – 15:30Why We Cycle (NL) with a special forum on SDG 11
Dec 4 / Wed9:00 – 11:30The Great Lie (AT) with a special forum on SDG 12
15:00 – 17:00The Feminister (SE)
Dec 5 / Thurs9:00 – 11:30Thinking Like A Mountain (DE)
Dec 6 / Fri15:00The War Show (DK)Gateway Cineplex 4
19:00Thinking Like A Mountain (DE)
Dec 7 / Sat15:00Why We Cycle (NL)
19:00The Feminister (SE)
Dec 8 / Sun15:00The Great Lie (AT)
19:00Sunday Beauty Queen (PH)


More information can be found at the UP Film Center Facebook page, festival event page and the Embassy of Brazil in Manila Facebook page.

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