Our top picks for 2022 Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival is just a few weeks away, so we're giving you our top picks of the 2022 program for environment, sustainability and Country.

Check out these awesome flicks below and visit the AFF website for the full program ahead of the festival from 19–30 of October.



A powerful and beautiful plea to the environment that needs to be experienced on the big screen. INTO THE ICE will take you into the grandeur of two-hundred-metre-deep ice shafts, into the eyes of storms and to the edge precipices as three fearless glaciologists risk everything to conduct research and provide answers to the question of our global prospects. 



In 1982 the campaign to stop the Franklin River Dam galvanised Australia into action. The most successful environmental campaign in our history launched the political career of Bob Brown, a small-town GP turned environmental folk hero. THE GIANTS paints a vivid portrait of Bob Brown, his battle in the halls of Parliament to save the Tasmanian wildneness, weaved through beautiful cinematography, and immersive trips through the ancient forests that Bob Brown has fought so hard to save.



This inspiring feature documentary follows internationally renowned zero-waste campaigner Joost Bakker as he builds a self-sustaining home, an ecosystem that provides its occupants with food, water, shelter and energy. Filmed in beautiful central Melbourne, GREENHOUSE is an uplifting look at the teamwork and ingenuity behind a paradigm- shifting project that bursts with life.



Veteran Polish master Jerzy Skolimowsky dares us to image how animals see the world in this utterly unconventional story with a donkey as central character. EO is at times a circus performer, beast of burden, football mascot and even a bystander at a melodrama involving Isabelle Huppert. The world is a very mysterious place when seen through the melancholic eyes of EO who stoically endures the quietly outrageous twists of fortune on his episodic journey through Poland. EO marks a triumphant return for one of Poland’s greatest directors.



Mother of Pearl, Amy Powney’s label offers a range of clothes that are bold, beautiful, and 100% sustainable. The 2017 Vogue Designer of the year, Powney is driven by her environmentalist upbringing and has decided to use her platform to drive vital change in an industry prone to unsustainable choices. Fashion Reimagined follow’s her journey to help inspire change in her industry, and on a larger scale.



Luku Ngarra is an unflinching, Indigenous-funded documentary on the history and culture of Arnhem Land leading up to the present day, seen through the eyes of one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous elders and traditional lawmen, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. Set mainly in the remote community of Elcho Island, the film is a timely challenge to the dominant mainstream paradigm that has failed to recognise the true value and importance of traditional Aboriginal law and culture for the wellbeing of remote communities.



Uýra, a trans non-binary Indigenous performance artist puts on extraordinary public solo art performances in cities, to highlight the ecological destruction, racism and transphobia taking place today in Brazil and around the world.
Uýra also encourages other Indigenous youth to fight against these systems with activism and art. They tour the Amazon Forest with workshops and relay the important ancestral messages of the Amazon Forest to the youth. A winner of awards at the top Queer film festivals in the world, Frameline and Outfest, this is a film that activists, new and old must see.

Check out the full program at adelaidefilmfestival.org

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