seals - AP - October 10 2010
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The seventh annual environmental film festival EcoCinema will open on October 26 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

The films will be screened using only solar energy.

Following the festival, solar-powered screenings of the festival's films will take place in Rosh Pina, Sakhnin, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Sderot, Dimona and Eilat. In some locales the screenings will be accompanied by solar-powered musical performances and parties.

The first of 30 feature films and documentaries to be shown during the five-day festival is "Oceans."

"Oceans," by French directors Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin, was filmed in 50 locations around the world, above and below the water, with a budget of 55 million euros.

It presents spectacular footage of underwater life in different seas, and warns of the damage humans cause the oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

"Oceans" was screened as part of the Haifa film festival last month.

The festival is also showing "Garbage Dreams," an Egyptian-American film that documents the economic crisis of the Zaballeen ("garbage people" ) in Cairo; "The Human Turbine," an Israeli film by director Danny Verta, depicting a joint Israeli-Palestinian venture to produce green energy in the southern Hebron Hills; and "GasLand," depicting the destruction of open spaces and a fight against renewable energy.

The festival will also host its fourth annual competition for students. The best participating film wins a NIS 10,000 prize.

The festival's special guest is director Mascha Poppenk, who will present her film "Grown in Detroit."

EcoCinema will also feature panel discussions on various environmental issues, and will end with a solar-powered performance by singer Eran Tzur at the Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv.