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Welcome to Freeland Film Festival 2020.
Since last year’s film festival, the world has turned upside down from a zoonotic outbreak and racial tensions. Our festival offers a platform for free expression about the causes and effects of these crises, as well as the search for solutions.
For 9 months now, all walks of life throughout the world have been impacted to some degree by an infectious disease called COVID-19. The virus jumped from some wild animal that was taken out of its natural environment and exploited for commercial purposes. Whether that purpose was to sell for exotic meat or to be used for medical experimentation, we call that commercial wildlife trade.
Racism and violence are also infectious diseases that destroy societies, and sometimes stem from a history of human trafficking.
Compassion is also infectious and can lead to solutions that rebuild our world.
Freeland’s vision is a world free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Freeland Film Festival continues to offer a platform to share stories about the impacts – short and long term – that wildlife and human trafficking inflict on societies, and how to recover from them. As with our previous film festivals, this year’s event will create space for people to watch, listen, or comment on these stories that we are certain will inspire you.
Freeland is spearheading a global campaign to illuminate the important connection among all lives on earth, and to prevent future pandemics that, as we know, do not discriminate in their destruction.
Following the viral explosion of COVID-19, as well as race-related tensions, we have a lot of recovery ahead of us. Let’s push #Reset. Let’s start by taking stock – by watching the films we’ve prepared for you. Our world cries out for harmony. Let’s rebuild it together.
– Steve Galster, CEO of Freeland, and Rich Christian, Freeland Board Member and Festival Executive Producer