After two years of a 100% online version, Sanfic Industria opened its grand opening on August 11 with a live event for Chilean audiences at the Oriental Theater in Santiago, Chile, with a screening of “Soy la Tierra. Historias desde el fin del mundo.”
“Soy la Tierra” is produced by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula, and after “Spencer” and the Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman,” supervised by Maite Alberdi, the helm of Oscar-nominated “The Mole Agent” – Chilean cream.
The meeting was attended by Chile’s Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola, as well as a range of representatives from Chile’s development agency Corfo, the Ministry of Energy, the Chilean Investment Agency, Prochile, and the Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. This document is supported by Imagen de Chile Chile, the Chilean agency that promotes the Chilean brand in the world.
They didn’t come to entertain the audience, which is often a staple of film festival opening nights, but a mid-sized documentary about an issue that will affect many film and television businesses and events in a post-pandemic world: climate change.
A 46-minute mid-length film with images of spectacular natural beauty and human devastation, “Soy la Tierra” begins with a voice-over of Alberdi himself representing nature, warning humanity of its potential extinction.
Then move on along five axes — sustainable agriculture; conservation of forests and biodiversity; renewable energy; water crisis and astronomy — as Chilean experts analyze climate change and other challenges, arguing that answers must be adopted quickly, Can’t wait decades.
Chile has a vast coastline, the world’s driest desert Atacama, and the world’s southernmost inhabited Tierra del Fuego with extraordinary biodiversity. This puts it in a privileged position to observe and investigate change, as researcher Andres Jordan observes in the documentary.
“This documentary fits the fundamental axis of the foreign policy of the government of President Gabriel Barrick. There cannot be a prime minister’s office that ignores the urgent response to the climate emergency,” Urrejola said on stage at the opening ceremony of Sanfic Industria.
Fanfic Industria itself is certainly not affected by this emergency. Gabriela Sandoval, head of Sanfic Industria, told us that from 2023 it will host “a development lab that tells the story of sustainability and makes us aware of our ecosystems and how we can combat climate change” type.
Given the magnitude of the issue, expect more climate change issues at other festivals.