14 November - 18 November 2011, Science Film Festival 2011 - UITM PUNCAK PERDANA, SHAH ALAM

The screenings will be followed by comments from FACT lecturers and students and discussion with the audience. The WACANA on Wednesday will be graced with comments from Prof Dr Hatta Azad Khan and Muhd Ali Hanafiah (Karyawan Tamu/Cinematograpgher). All sessions will be moderated by Hassan Abd Muthalib.

MONDAY 14 NOV (Studio Pancha Delima, 8-1030 pm)

Enter the Storm (Germany, 25 minutes)

Heavy storms are no exception any more, not even in Germany. But which wind strength can be dangerous for people? Eric Mayer will test it himself. In Stuttgart’s wind tunnel, where usually cars are tested for their aerodynamics, he faces the wind. Can Eric withstand the maximum of 170 mph and what should a person when he gets into a storm? But wind can also be fun. 11-year-old Jakob Kiebler needs the wind to move through the water. He and his 10-year-old brother Xaver are the youngest contestants for kite surfing in Germany.

America Before Columbus (Germany, 50 minutes)

This is the first broad-sale documentary about the Columbian Exchange. In beautiful and seductive images, it narrates the effect of the discovery of America on the environment of both continents. Living conditions of plants, animals and human beings on both of the Atlantic dramatically altered and changed the world forever.

Baobabs: Between Sky & Earth (France, 34 minutes)

The Baobab trees of Madagascar are a unique biological heritage. Of the world’s 8 known species, 7 are found on the island and 6 are endemic. Their large size and unusual shape mean that baobabs truly stand out. However, they are under threat from deforestation and climate change


TUESDAY 15 NOV (Studio Pancha Delima, 8-1030 pm)

Nuclear Accident in Japan (Germany, 9 minutes)

A severe earthquake and tsunami damaged whole areas of Japan. Many people became homeless, got injured or even killed. But there is one more danger threatening the Japanese: The earthquake led to serious problems in the nuclear power plant Fukushima I. There have been explosions and blazes at the plant and since then, nuclear radiation is leaking. But what exactly is nuclear radiation? Why is it so dangerous? What was really happening in Fukushima?

The Light Bulb Conspiracy (Spain/France, 75 minutes)

Does the ever-lasting light bulb really exist? How can a computer chip ‘kill' a product? Why are millions of computers shipped round the world to be dumped rather than repaired? How did two New York artists extend the life of millions of iPods? Using rare archive footage and hitherto unseen internal company documents, this film traces the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its invention in the 1920s to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics, while charting the growing spirit of resistance amongst consumers and asking what the alternatives are if the modern economy and the planet are to survive.

WEDNESDAY 15 NOV (Wacana, 2-5 pm)

The Forest (Germany, 43 minutes)

The Central European Forest – a secret place whose inhabitants live clandestine lives. How do innumerable organisms, large and small, live together? Are our forests truly natural or the result of man’s intervention? Do they still have anything in common with untouched wilderness?

Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Malaysia, 25 minutes)

Shot in Kuala Selangor, this film is about a mangrove area under threat and the actions taken to highlight its beauty and showcase its ecological importance to the local communities and their surroundings.

Of Forest and Men (France, 8 minutes)

Forests cover almost a third of the Earth's surface. They are home to over half of all terrestrial species and partially supply one in four persons income. Forests provide resources for the food we eat, the air we breathe and the medicines we consume. Forests are also a key element in the fight against climate change. And we are threatening these ecosystems formed hundreds of millions of years ago before the first humans appeared on Earth. This International Year of Forests is an opportunity to discover, celebrate and protect these essential ecosystems.

THURSDAY 15 NOV (Studio Pancha Delima, 8-1030 pm)

Temenggor Forest (Novista Team, Malaysia, 21 minutes)

Malaysian prime forest land that was reduced and changed considerably through the construction of a water catchment and energy production dam and is in danger through continuous logging activities. The film shows the vast bio diversity of flora and fauna in this important forest complex and the importance of preserving it.

Bees in Danger (Germany, 9 minutes)

It is summer and flowers bloom. But something is missing – the bees. The film explores why bees are important to us. Bees are a necessary part of the natural food cycle. They pollinate half of our trees so that fruits can grow. Humans are increasingly encroaching on the life of bees, destroying forests and meadows to generate space for industry parks and housing. It is therefore not only important to save the bees for their sake but to save our environment as a whole.

The Day the Plague Comes (France, 59 minutes)

On Feb 26, 2003, Johnny Tcheng, a Chinese-American from Hong Kong, enters the emergency ward of a Franco-Vietnamese clinic. He is accompanied by an invisible enemy, an unknown and extremely contagious virus. Convinced that they are faced with a highly dangerous disease, the doctors make a dramatic but key decision: they decide to close the hospital and isolate them-selves to prevent propagation. They know that some, or perhaps all of them, will die. Shot on site in the French Hospital of Hanoi, we follow this story as the protagonists take us back to Hanoi during those dramatic weeks in 2003.

FRIDAY 15 NOV (Studio Pancha Delima, 8-1030 pm)

Wonders of the Solar System: Dead or Alive (United Kingdom, 59 minutes)

The worlds that surround our planet are all made of rock but there the similarity ends. Some have a beating geological heart, others are frozen in time. In this episode, we travel to the tallest mountain on Earth, the volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii, to show how something as basic as a planet’s size can make the difference between life and death. Even the summit of this volcano, man would stand in the shade of the tallest mountain in the Solar System, an extinct volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons, which rises up 27 km.

Dandelion: Wonderful Forest – The Labyrinth of Trees (Germany, 24 minutes)

Off into the green to camp and barbecue. It was supposed to be a nice getaway with the family but soon Susie, her brother Fritz and her husband Andy argue about who knows the best way to the campsite. Fritz gets off the car and takes a shortcut through the woods. Besides getting lost, he experiences real adventure on his way. He even has to figure out how to save the woods from people like this dubious forester he saw spraying graffiti.

How Can We Feed the World? (France, 9 minutes)

Every day, year after year, tens of millions of men, women and children suffer from hunger. 2 opposing worlds occupy the planet: the overfed and the underfed. Yet, feeding all of the planet's inhabitants is not just a pipedream. Through creative graphics and animation, this film assesses the current situation and identifies key means of achieving this goal.

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