A researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester (DMU) is set to digitize decades of environmental journalism and film to bring it to a wider audience.
Dr. Hiu Man Chan, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries at DMU, is working with the charity Television for the Environment (tve) to help make his archive available as a resource for teaching and research. learning for a new generation of sustainable activists.
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Dr. Chan’s research explores how environmental film can be used more effectively as a medium of cross-cultural communication to help raise awareness, inspire new public opinion and encourage sustainable action.
With the popularity of recent environmental films and series like Seaspiracy, Blue Planet and Before the Flood, it is clear that there is a committed audience for environmentally friendly filmmaking and Dr Chan hopes that these digitized tve archives will a valuable resource.
Dr Chan said: “Film is a very important medium to help open up the debate to the general public and more and more people are now interested in environmental documentaries as they have become more readily available, we we can really use this medium to inspire future generations.
“Cinema can spark the imagination of all age groups, for younger generations it gives them the opportunity to be aware of what is happening on the planet from an early age, to hopefully , make better lifelong choices.
“The same goes for older audiences, they may not know it’s not too late for them too, from individuals to business owners, everyone can contribute.
She added: “The idea is that the film can be seen as a method of communication and education to help people become better informed and make better choices, thereby helping to protect our planet.”
“I really hope this helps plant thoughts in the next generation to embed sustainability into all major sectors across the world.”
In addition to the research project collaboration, Dr. Chan also works with tve on their annual Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA).
The awards honor filmmaking achievement and enduring action, with entries judged on the power of their storytelling and creativity, as well as the credibility and impact of their content.
This year, the shortlist of awards will be announced at an event taking place at DMU on Friday, October 28, 2022, with the main awards ceremony scheduled to take place in the historic Merchant Taylor’s Hall on November 29, 2022.
Surina Narula, president and trustee of tve, said, “We look forward to our collaboration with DMU. Students and scholars are an integral part of our archive digitization project.
“We hope that restoring these important films that have documented changes in our relationship to climate over the past 40 years will serve as an important resource reservoir.”
Dr Chan added: “I really look forward to working more closely with tve and seeing how our students can support its missions more broadly. Together, we aim to explore the power of environmental storytelling through this urgent research and impact collaboration.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2022