A series of exclusive premieres of local / international environmental films selected by our film programmers in partnership with other film festivals around the world. We look to expand the idea of environmental cinema from the traditional to the experimental.

The following films comprised the environmental cinema programme for BEFF 2013. Stay tuned for more information about BEFF 2015!


Film Information

Year: 2012
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min
Language: English with BM subtitles
Director: Mark Kitchell

Screening Date & Time

Time: 7pm, Sat 28 Sept 2013
Venue: Kompleks JKKN Sabah, auditorium

Film Supporters

“Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell winningly spans the broad scope of environmental history in this comprehensive doc.”
– J. Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds. Narrated by ROBERT REDFORD, ASHLEY JUDD, AND MERYL STREEP


Mark Kitchell is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, which won the Audience Award at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, and won other top honors. The film has become a well-loved classic, one of the defining documentaries about the protest movements that shook America during the 1960s. In the twenty years since that film he has worked in non-fiction television, made films for hire, taught at UC Santa Cruz, done freelance production and developed A Fierce Green Fire.

Film Premiere

* Southeast Asian premiere

Festivals / Awards

2012 Sundance Film Festival