‘Theory of Light’ heads to Expo 2020 Dubai – Reuters

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The Philippine global environmental film focuses on the efforts of Liter of Light, a global grassroots solar lighting movement that began in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of many countries that are strongly affected by the effects of climate change. We have seen it every year with floods occurring not only in the country’s capital, but also in its rural areas. Being part of the typhoon belt, the country expects 20 storms a year. And as global warming increases, these storms are expected to be more powerful. Previously unimaginable levels of devastation from increased flooding have occurred more often over the past decade, the most recent of which was last December with Typhoon Rai (Typhoon Odette locally) damaging many places across parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

The Philippine global environmental film “Theory of Light” puts this issue in the spotlight. Directed and written by Juan Paolo Gopez, the documentary focuses on the need for more urgent and united action to protect our people and future generations from the adverse effects of climate change.

Part historical chronicle, part environmental lesson, “Theory of Light” shows how Liter of Light, a global grassroots solar lighting movement that began in the Philippines, has reinvigorated efforts to take action and inspire new generations of innovators from the Global South to come with ideas that will change the world. It offers bold storytelling that centers the climate emergency through a lens of climate justice. With a commitment to elevate the perspectives of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities whose lives are already impacted by climate change and gives a voice to those who feel left out of the climate movement and whose voices have not been represented in the stories traditional climate.

Illac Diaz (Still from Youtube)

“Most media coverage to date focuses on the receptor effects of the climate crisis; as victims and stop there,” says Illac Diaz, Filipino-Italian, founder and director of Liter of Light, in an article in Dubai Vibes magazine. “Filipinos are admired for their resilience, but stories rarely focus on rising, rebuilding and [on] innovative solutions that communities themselves have developed to take dramatic action. In fact, only 1% of all global cinema spending is dedicated to the environment and the growing climate crisis. With this documentary, we want to reverse the script and share stories of common humanity and hope that inspire others to make urgent and just decisions for people and the planet.

In a bid to further spread its message, “Theory of Light” is set to premiere in Dubai during Expo 2020. With the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, Expo 2020 provides a great opportunity for Philippines to share its stories of innovations to a wider audience. The film will be screened on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the United Nations EXPO Opportunity Pavilion.

Produced and distributed by TBA Studios, the production company behind box office hits such as “General Luna” and “Goyo: The Boy General”, “Theory of Light” is also made possible with the support of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., and in collaboration with Boomtown Studios.

Watch its trailer below:


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