Transitions Film Festival returns to Adelaide

Transitions Film Festival Landfill HarmonicThe Transitions Film Festival returns to Adelaide this May with an inspiring line-up of powerful documentaries about what it means to be human.

Taking place at the Mercury Cinema, Gawler Cinema and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga, the program showcases films about discovery, purpose, innovation, impact and the transformational ideas that will change the way we live.

“This year’s collection of documentaries is truly a diverse range of engaging and emotive films aimed at creating discussion around the core environmental and social issues facing today’s populations,” says Transitions Film Festival Director, Sam Manger.

The future of food is explored in 10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate, investigating the mind-boggling methods we will use to feed ourselves in the future; Just Eat It – an adventure story about the life of a daring couple as they challenge themselves to survive solely off discarded food for six months; and Australian feature Polyfaces – a portrait of the world’s ‘most innovative’ farmers.

The challenges and solutions to climate change are highlighted in Ice and Sky – a lyrical and stunningly beautiful personal journey, which follows world-famous scientist Claude Lorius back to the historic moment where we first found evidence of a human footprint in climate change; Racing Extinction, the latest feature from Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove); and Black Hole – a riveting exposé featuring activists on the frontlines in the fight against climate change in Australia.

The forces of economics are thrown under the microscope in Two Raging Grannies, which follows two stubborn and cantankerous women on their epic quest to answer one of society’s most important questions, and Poverty Inc, which throws down a contentious and controversial challenge to the global aid industry.

Other highlights include Bikes Vs Cars – a battle for the future of urban transportation; Ever the Land – an exploration of the bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe; and In Utero – an investigation into life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behaviour, and the state of the world.

This year’s festival also includes a free outdoor and family friendly screening of Landfill Harmonic  an uplifting film about the global rise to fame of a child orchestra that uses instruments made entirely out of recycled garbage; and a screening of Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World at the Gawler Cinema in collaboration with Transition Gawler.

Sharing provocative films about activist grandmas, the future of food, sustainable construction, climate change, global inequality and pathways out of poverty, and hosting post-film discussions with filmmakers and local thought leaders, the 2016 Adelaide Transitions Film Festival will challenge and empower audiences with stories of hope, innovation and insight.

The Transitions Film Festival runs 20 – 29 May 2016. For more information and complete program, visit: for details.

Image: Landfill Harmonic (supplied)