Enjoy the 2019 selection of films for the SDG Global Festival of Action, featured in 2D, 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. These films will allow you to travel to distant corners of the world and find out how the SDGs are making a difference in people’s lives. Films will be shown in the Press Rondel and the Virtual Reality Zone (see venue map).

Films shown at the Press Rondel

Special event on the SDG Studio for the Official Film Selection for the SDG Global Festival of Action

Special event on the SDG Studio for the Official Film Selection for the SDG Global Festival of Action | 3 May, 15:00-15:30

A list of 11 films made it to the Official Film Selection of the SDG Global Festival of Action, including a wide variety of genres like short films, documentaries, TV series and Telenovelas.

Besides the quality of the films and clarity of its messages, all selected pieces have one common line that made them stand out from the rest: their focus is not only about rising awareness on today’s complex issues and challenges but also to showcase opportunities that are emerging everywhere to take action and find local solutions.

The session hosted at the SDG Studio, is a space to congratulate the Directors whose films made it to the final list and where the “Official Selection laurels” will be announced. The session will be webcast via UNWebTV to reach out a broad audience outside the GFA venue in Bonn.

Moderator: Estevão Ciavatta, Founding Partner of Pindorama Films

Films and Directors

  • Searching4Opportunities, Director: Dr. Oksana Udovyk and Producer: Adrián Bilbao
  • Cocina con Causa (Cooking for a Cause), Director Tania Goossens
  • Architecture Life Dialogue, Director Inessa Kraft
  • Mother’s Cry, Director Lisa Russell
  • Create2030, Director Lisa Russell
  • Amazon INC, Director Estevão Ciavatta
  • 2040, Director Damon Gameau
  • Soccer Before Marriage
  • Flip the Switch
  • Power to the Children, Director Anna Kersting
  • Sonic Sea, Film Tour Director of the Int. Ocean Film Tour


Documentary, 45 mins, Ukraine | Film Screening: 2 May, 11:00-11:45 | Trailer

Humanity is moving faster and further away from sustainability than ever before. Are there any alternatives? Surprisingly enough, we can look at the grassroots alternatives proposed in Ukraine. In view of its current state of war, economic disaster, and political vacuum, Ukraine can be a source of inspiration for the rest of the world, albeit on a small scale.

Cocina con Causa (Cooking for a Cause)

TV series, 45 mins, Peru | Film Screening: 2 May, 13:30-14:00 | Trailer

The new generation of chefs travel through Peru looking for creative solutions to nutrition-related health problems that Peruvian families face every day at home. This program was co-produced by TVPerú and the World Food Program in Peru, as part of the Zero Hunger Peru movement. The Show also received the support from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion, UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO).

Architecture Life Dialogue

Short film, 35 mins | Film Screening: 2 May, 14:00-14:30 | Trailer

This is an adventurous, philosophical, and fun film about serious topics: sustainability, the sharing economy, reducing food waste, conscious consumption, and many others. The film features a dialogue between a child and her future self (an architect). They discuss principles of sustainable architecture. A house built in harmony with its surroundings reduces energy consumption, reduces waste. We then see people who start living with similar principles using some simple tools that we all can have today. In harmony with those who are around the characters reduce waste, consume consciously, but most importantly, create meaningful connections.

Mother's Cry

Short film, 2:30 mins | Film Screening: 2 May, 15:30-16:00 | Film

Mother’s Cry, a short creative video by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, uses the power of the spoken word as its storytelling device. Featuring renowned youth poet, Savon Bartley, who cleverly weaves together creative metaphors comparing the demise of our Mother Earth to the struggles of women facing domestic violence, neglect, chaos and loneliness, the video juxtaposes images of our planet set to the emotional connection we have with a critical relationship we can all relate to – our mothers.



Short film, 4:52 mins | Film Screening: 2 May, 15:30-16:00 | Film

Create2030 is a short creative video by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, on the powerful role artists and creatives have in helping to elevate the SDGs. Financed by the United Nations, Create2030 features well known socially conscious artists such as visual artist Laolu (featured on Beyonce’s Lemonade), Grammy-nominated Zap Mama, singer-songwriter Bilal and others with music by Ray Angry (key player for The Roots.) The film promotes the #Create2030 hashtag as a way for artists to share their SDG-related creative content during important social holidays such as International Women’s Day, World AIDS Day, and others on social media for UN/NGO agencies and others to find them in real time for potential partnerships.



Documentary, 92 mins | Film screening: 3 May, 11:00-12:30 | Film

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a personal journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream over the next two decades. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

Soccer Before Marriage

Telenovela, 20 mins, Bangladesh | Film screening: 3 May, 13:00-13:30

This episode of a 26-episode telenovela in Bangladesh is a key component of the #Raisethebeat campaign developed to address the very high child marriage rate in Bangladesh and the protection, health, education, nutrition, and other outcomes in the life of a girl.

This telenovela uses fictional characters and compelling stories to bring SDGs on gender equality, inclusion, ending poverty and more to a national audience. It is designed to increase understanding of the issues and empower girls, boys, and their parents and community influencers to challenge social norms in order to create positive alternatives to child marriage.

Flip the Switch

Documentary, 30 mins | Film screening: 3 May, 13:30-15:00 | Trailer

Barefoot College, the subject of Flip the Switch – A Documentary, is a leading social enterprise working in nearly 100 countries. Its work with women addresses many of the SDGs, including efforts to reduce poverty, climate change, and gender inequality. The women who attend Barefoot College, known as solar mamas, return to their communities as solar engineers, leaders, and change makers. Hogan Lovells and Barefoot College launched a three-year partnership to empower women and girls globally, aiming to bring clean, renewable light to 20,000 more families by training 400 solar mamas across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

Power to the Children

Documentary, 87 mins, India | Film screening: 3 May, 15:30-17:00 | Trailer

Children in India have taken their lives into their own hands. They don’t want to tolerate social grievances as well as environmental pollution any longer. They have been founding children parliaments and electing their own ministers in order to stand up for their rights. They are not only changing their own lives for the better, but also those of their communities. The film takes the perspective of the children to tell us about the challenges they have to face in a society that expects them to follow the example of adults. We will see how these children have opted to take a new path – with determination, courage and creativity.

Sonic Sea

Documentary, 22 mins | Film screening: 4 May, 9:00-10:00 | Trailer

This documentary is about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Sonic Sea was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

Films shown in the Virtual Reality Zone throughout the Festival

Area 1: Follow the money in a development project in West Africa

Interactive VR Film | av. 6 mins |

Area 1 is a VR experience that highlights the role of international finance institutions in the violent displacement of a local community in West Africa, emphasizing the need for financial accountability when legal mechanism fail.

Directed by Katherin Machalek, director and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY whose work explores the use of technology and new media for the creation of experimental narratives. Katherin is Creative Director at New Media Advocacy Project, a human rights nonprofit that uses video and emerging media storytelling to reframe human rights issues around the world.

Being Henry

VR documentary | Trailer

After experiencing a stroke that left him paralyzed, Henry Evans uses cutting-edge technology to keep him connected to the things he loves. In this first-person interactive documentary, see the world through Henry’s eyes—and the eyes of his robots.

Directed by Sarah Berkovich, a graduate of the Stanford MFA in Documentary Film and Video program, and an alumnus of Emerson College. After living in Silicon Valley, Sarah became fascinated with virtual reality and began working with startups developing 360 camera rigs and content. She is a fellow in the Oculus Launchpad program for emerging leaders in VR, and seeks to explore the storytelling potential of this new medium.

Growing a World Wonder: The Great Green Wall

VR Documentary  | 05:14 mins |

Growing a World Wonder is an award winning Virtual Reality film about the Great Green Wall – an African-led initiative that aims to transform the lives of millions living on the frontline of climate change.

Told through the eyes of an 8 year-old girl called Binta, the film transports the viewer to the heart of a community in Senegal – one of thousands of villages across the Sahel region of Africa growing this epic, 8000km new world wonder.

Directed by Richard Nockles. A film by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in partnership with Surround Vision.

White Mountain: A Call for Climate Adaptation

VR Documentary | 4:31 mins |

White Mountain VR tells the stories of an unprecedented collaboration of Maasai communities in Southern Kenya to restore the lost icecap on Mt. Kilimanjaro, which they risk losing due to climate change.

Directed by Michiel de Koning, one of the winners of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge 2017, is part of the DJ100 most sustainability youth talents of the Netherlands, and is recognized as a world’s top social innovator in Ashoka’s ChangemakerXchange program.