Twelve films on show at sixth annual Science Film Festival in Swakopmund

Precious Nghitaunapo
The sixth annual Science Film Festival is taking place in Swakopmund from 16 October to 22 October 2023.

This year’s festival aims to raise awareness on various topics in contribution to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration for the years 2021 to 2030 and is being held by the Swakopmund Scientific Society in collaboration with the Goethe Institute of Namibia.

The festival raises awareness about different topics each year and the focal point of this year’s theme is the United Nations Ecosystems Restoration.

Nadine Phiri, Scientific Society, museum curator explained that about 12 films that raise awareness about climate change, the effects and causes around it, as well as the oceans and the Namib Desert, will be shown free of charge to the community. "This year’s theme is a recuperating appeal and attempt towards the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. The festival is an indication of how much can be accomplished with extremely instructive films that take you on a journey throughout the world."

Phiri added that the festival will be an interesting hour or less spending time to enjoy films that do not only raise awareness but are highly educational.

The partnership with the Goethe Institute of Namibia makes it possible for the Swakopmund Scientific Society to have the copyright and opportunity to showcase these films.

The Science Film Festival honours scientific communication. It promotes science literacy and raises knowledge of modern scientific, technical, and environmental challenges through worldwide films and educational programmes in collaboration with local partners. The festival shows that science can be enjoyable while making scientific concepts understandable and entertaining to a wide audience.

The Goethe Institute manages the event in each nation. The festival depends on the cooperation and active participation of science education organizations, educational institutions, colleges, universities, ministries, and cultural centers in each of the host countries, as well as the enthusiasm of their staff and other partners, including NGOs, educators, and student volunteer groups, who facilitate the screenings and activities.