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Rokumentti – Finland’s film festival looks to the end of the World

The Mayan calendar suggests that this December will be the World’s last month – it’s the end of the World as we know it!

Since the beginning of times, people have proclaimed the end of the world. Wasn’t everything supposed to end in the nuclear war, with ozone depletion, with super volcanoes; with global warming? Or the sky falling down on us? Does anyone even care any more when everything seems to lead to the  end of all? Well, perhaps we should.

We live in the most sophisticated and progressive era in the history of humankind, in a time where all the knowledge and every commodity is merely one click away. And yet, at this very moment the rainforests are being cut down, nuclear waste is being produced and people are being raped, tortured and killed. The Rokumentti Film Festival in Joensuu, Finland,  (November 14th – 18th) will be screening ten special themed films as part of the festival to address these concerns. But, after watching the ten Rokumentti theme films of 2012 will you be inspired? Or will you be  forced to ask: Would it be better to just let it burn?

However, let’s celebrate at Rokumentti first! There is time for the world to end afterwards.

The Earth 0.0.0000 – 18.11.2012 – Rest in Peace The funeral service was attended by closest friends.

Films to be screened  include Joe Berlinger’s Crude (USA 2010) looking at the real price of oil, Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner’s Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007), Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (USA 2011) arsons, arrests, agents, car chases – everyday events in environmental work,  Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity  (2009), Roger Sargent’s The Libertines – There Are No Innocent Bystanders (UK 2011), Kevin McDonald’s  Marley (USA, UK 2012), the definite story of the superstar of reggae, Eve Wood’s Pulp: The Beat Is The Law – Fanfare For The Common People (UK 2011) looking at the rise of Pulp and the history of the Sheffield music scene and Aki Kaurismäki’s Calamari Union (Finland 1985), the Finnish film classic.

Rokumentti Rock Film Festival in Joensuu, Finland is like a blaze of light that wakes up the city to a new life. As the days grow shorter and darker in November, and there seems to be no escape from the cold and rainy weather, Rokumentti offers five days of auditory, visual and perhaps even physical delights. This year Rokumentti takes place from 14th to 18th November.