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Films and video illustrations to the Green Salvation Herald

Creation of video films about nature plays more and more important role in the activity of the Ecological Society Green Salvation. Cinema as the brightest phenomenon of the modern culture has a huge influence on people’s minds. Films about nature can be a representation of art, tool for ecological education, and method of protest and accusation.

The organization does not have professional cameramen, directors, script writers, but the interest in video brings its crops. Exploration of different opportunities of a video camera, collection of video materials, and arrangement of mini video stories – all these constituents form a practical base for creation of the films by the members of Green Salvation. Our colleagues from the international ecological club “Eremurus” – D.Kopeikin, E.Melnikova, V.Shlenskiy – are our trustful helpers and co-thinkers. Denis Kopeikin, experienced cameraman-amateur, used to say: “Video filming is a part of our life… Our modest purpose is a desire to help other people to discover mountains of their homeland, give them an opportunity to touch the life of the wild nature in order to feel its greatness and fragility at the same time.”

Special issues of the Green Salvation Herald are devoted to the cinema and video: “Nature is in the focus” (#11, 1999) and “Everlasting treasure of the nature” (#16, 2003). Both issues have video illustrations which include not only the works of Green Salvation but also works of the Ecological club “Eremurus”, joint-production films, and works of the Leningrad’s cinematograph – Gennadiy Shabarin.

Ecological video enthusiasts, cinematography professors, and students studying filming art will be probably interested in reading the manual “Green Lens” prepared by the eminent cameraman and pedagogue L.T.Kuzminskiy

At the present time, Green Salvation can offer the following video stories to the interested audience:

“Behind a window”
Short documentary
(9 min 45 sec, 2007)

Time flows irreversibly. Fall will be inevitably replaced by winter, and spring will be followed by summer. But the nature can make you happy and surprise you at any time even if you observe it from an apartment window. 

“Story of Svetlana”
“Sustainable world” program edition
Produced by back2back productions Ltd. (Great Britain) with participation of Green Salvation
(23 min, 2003, translated to Russian in 2005)

The film was broadcasted through BBC channel in November 2003. It is devoted to the problems of citizens of Berezovka village located near Karachaganak oil and gas condensate deposit (West Kazakhstan). Power authorities ignore the right of the citizens for a favorable and healthy environment.

“Earth does not belongs to human”
(13 min, 2005; 2 min video-clip)
Certificate of the state registration of intellectual property #419 dated on September 16, 2008

First screening of the film took place on September 20, 2005, in Saint-Petersburg on the Tenth international festival of ecological films “Green look”.

…The land of Semirechye has many beautiful nature sites and historical monuments. But literally, at a spin of one generation the local nature changed dramatically. If the nature dies – the culture will also die as it was cultivated by the nature, if the culture dies – language of the ancestors will be forgotten…

“The riches of nature - in whose hands?”
(14 min, 2003)
In Russian and English

The film rises an acute problem of distribution of incomes received from exploitation of the rich natural resources of the country.
In 2003, the film took the second prize on the country-wide level of the Third Central Asian festival of ecological journalism.

“Passengers in forgotten way stations”
(30 min, 2003)
In Russian and English


Three video-narrations about people who defend their right for favorable and healthy environment. They have to struggle for their rights guaranteed by the Constitution and Aarhus Convention, because they do not have access to justice, information, they do not participate in a process of important for them decisions making. In 2003, the film took the third prize at the final stage of the Third Central Asian festival of ecological journalism and the second prize on its country-wide level.

“Minor tune”
- video sketch
(3 min, 2003)

“With love to nature”
(6 min, 2002)
Film about work of an eminent Kazakhstan film director and cameraman V.A.Belyalov

“Interview on an urgent topic (opinions of Russian specialists)”
(20 min, 2002)

The film is devoted to the discussion about the amendments to legislation offered by Kazatomprom which would allow importing radioactive waste of other countries to the territory of Kazakhstan.

“Legacy of the nuclear age”
(30 min, 2002)
In Russian, Kazakh, and English

The film is devoted to the legal, economic, technical, and moral issues which can face Kazakhstan in case of cancellation of a veto to import and burry radioactive wastes from other countries to the territory of Kazakhstan.

Following the Russian Minatom, in summer 2001, National atomic company “Kazatomprom” in Kazakhstan offered to introduce amendments to the nature protection legislation to cancel the veto on importing and burying foreign countries’ radioactive wastes on the territory of Kazakhstan.  Will it help to solve existing ecological problems? Will burying of the foreign radioactive waste on the territory of Kazakhstan bring happiness to our children? You will find the answers in the film “Heritage of the nuclear epoch”.

“Unfortunately, the huge, crazy volumes of radioactive wastes generated in the world today - are our payment for the armament drive, for creation of nuclear weapons, for utilization of atomic energy” (Vladimir Slivyak, International ecological organization “Ecozaschita”).

“I was very surprised when the Parliament discussed with such optimism the question of how it would be good to import a large amount of nuclear wastes …and that we are going to live much better after that. We are stressed enough already from the nuclear tests, and we are under enough pressure from our uranium mines.” (Victor Inyushin, doctor of biological science, professor KazGU named after al-Farabi).

“Those problems which take place in Stepnogorsk, problems which take place in Ust-Kamenogorsk, including the radioactive wastes of low and medium activity, plus thorium monocyde (about over hundred thousand tons) which is stored in Ust-Kamenogorsk – are the colossal problems just by themselves. And load yourself with the additional problems – I don’t understand this” (Vladimir Kuznetsov, Independent expert on safe utilization of atomic energy). 

“Russia will recycle the used nuclear fuel and will send the radioactive waste to Kazakhstan. Two nations – Russians and Kazakhs – do the most dirty, most dangerous job for the developed countries: Japan, France, Great Britain, and United States” (Maksim Shingarkin, Greenpeace of Russia)…

(6 min, 2002)
Video illustration devoted to the unique monument of nature – Charyn river canyon

“Our homeland – the “Ant hill”

Series of mini films about summer ecological school in Ile-Alatau state natural park:

- “Ant hill. Meadow. Forest.” (8 min, 1998)* - educational film created on the basis of students’ course works;  

- “Earth, teach me…” (3 min, 1999)* - film-essay based on Indians prayers devoted to the Earth;

- “Why flowers do not grow on the head?” (2 min, 1999)* - video clip based on a song-joke theme;

- “Berendeychik in a national park” (5 min, 2001) – the film is based on a fairy-tale and children’s drawings.

*Film created by the Ecological Society Green Salvation in collaboration with the Ecological club “Eremurus”.
Ecological Society Green Salvation distributes video films for free. Anyone who is interested in receiving a copy should only provide a blank DVD.