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So We Messed Up The World… Now What?


We as humans have successfully in many ways created a life that is a utopia.

 Now Im not saying that around you, you are surrounded by gorgeous (wo)men and piles of money but what we have done is manage quiet well to advance and progress as a species. Without a doubt we are one kick-ass species but with the bounds and leaps we’ve made from wind-up cars and light by gas lamps, it has come at a great cost. Where our ancestors could not see the damage their great evolutions were making, we have the gift that we can see our damage. We are able to see how what we do/create/develop can impact the world around us; it is all a matter of whether we want to know. One of the themes for the 36th Durban International Film Festival is “Just on Earth,” a focus on the ecological threats that we face as a society in an attempt to promote sustainable living; Energised fits right in.

Ignorance is bliss, so the saying goes and I am pretty sure that the major players in the energy industry wish they could make money as their predecessors could however, that notion is not possible. Hubert Canaval takes an interesting and informative look at the progress and the ways in which we are trying to correct our previous mistakes. Renewable energy is a big player in our current events. No longer is global warming a myth and the negative effects of oil spills and pollution swept aside with simple “it’s not that big of a deal,” the race to provide alternative means for energy, gas and oil is on, however, the solutions that are provided to us are not as utopian as we would expect. Quite frankly, the Austrian director allows us to see that the solution the big players have provided, help no one but the people who take the money from your hands.

This documentary is not just for the tree-huggers and paranoid people who find it hard to trust their government, it’s for everyone who consumes energy ant any level; whether youre heating up food in your microwave, exclaiming at the costs of petrol or simply charging your laptop; it is important for us as citizens to know and understand our products of consumption.

Canaval, brings a brilliant focus without leaving the audience in the dark on some of the more complicated concepts. The film is informative enough that the man on the street will understand whats happening to our world; after all we all deserve to know and understand whats happening in our own planet. With load-shedding and now water-cuts occurring throughout South Africa it is more important now for us to understand what is happening in this industry; not just at a local level but an international one to. Energised is a great piece of work that leaves you shocked and awed at the characters we meet who are on the ground trying to protect their world; and I feel proud that they are making these strides and fighting for the world we share.


Amanda Ndaba is a graduate of AFDA, having studied Film & Live Performance. She is currently pursuing a career in 
creative writing.

The 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (a special project of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Humanities, Cheryl Potgieter) with support from the National Film and Video Foundation, , KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, Gauteng Film Commission, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and a range of other valued partners.



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