20,000 Attendees

Cinema Planeta 2012, Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México se llevó a cabo del 17 al 22 de abril en la cuidad de Cuernavaca, Morelos y en la Cineteca Nacional del 2 al 6 de mayo.

Cinema Planeta 2012, Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México, took place in Cuernavaca, Morelos and the National Cinematheque from May 2nd to 6th, 2012.

Cinema Planeta presented six cinematic sections and worked with 35 schools in Cuernavaca to bring more than 6,000 students, from elementary school through college, to the theaters.

45 films from more than 29 countries and five continents were presented.

The International Jury that scored and selected the winning films was composed of Busi Cortés, President of the Jury; Yoeli Ramírez, journalist; y Agustín López-Munguía Canales, UNAM Chemical Engineer and Doctor of Biotechnology at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France.

From the 1st to the 3rd of June, 12 titles were shown at the prestigious Film Society at the Lincoln Center in New York.


Winning Films


Jury Award for Best International Documentary:

No Meio do Rio , Entre as Árvores

(In the Middle of the River, Between the Trees)

Documentary / Brazil / 2010 / 73 min. / Color/

Director: Jorge Bodanzky / Production: Beto Lacerda and Márcia Bodanzky
Photography: Jorge Pennington / Editing: Rodrigo Menecucci / Sound: Alice Bodanzky / Music: Thiago Cury and Marcus Siqueira

Within the Amazon Basin, there are 35 communities living across 16.4 million acres of conservation areas of rainforest. This film captures images of an abundant world, full of beauty, but where predatory economic exploitation has left its marks.

Jury Award for Best Original Treatment:

Africa Shafted

Documentary / South Africa / 2011 / 55 min. / Color /

Directed, production, photography, editing: Ingrid Martens

A unique portrait of today’s South Africa, filmed in the lifts of the Ponte Building in Johannesburg during four years. Built in 1976, this building has told the history of Johannesburg and South Africa.

Audience Choice Award:

Nuclear Savage

Documentary / USA / 2011 / 87 min. / Color /

Directed, script, production: Adam Jonas Horowitz / Photography: Adam Jonas Horowitz and Peter Blystone / Editing: Adam Jonas Horowitz and David Leach / Music: Richard Einhorn

Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, in this former American military colony he found radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums that were the result of nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations. Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this shocking political and cultural documentary exposé.

Honorable Mentions:

 Chasing Ice

Documental / USA / 2011 / 75 min. / Color /

Directed, production, photography: Jeff Orlowski / Script: Mark Monroe
Production: Paula DuPre’ Pesmen / Photography: James Balog / Editing: Davis Coombe / Music: J. Ralph

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.


Cinema Planeta also presented: 

Eight public, open-air showings in different counties in Morelos.

The 1920 silent film “Algol” with live music from the Cinema Domingo Orchestra.

The photographic exhibit “The Art of Writing with Light: The Indigenous Soul” in collaboration with press agencies EFE Verde and Kodak.

The photographic exhibit “The Satellites, Watchtowers of Climate Change” about the World Heritage sites in collaboration with UNESCO and Kodak.

The literary meeting “Green Feathers,” Jornal of Literature, Film and Tradition.

A rock concert by the band Ginger Ninjas, who powered their presentations with wired-up stationary bikes that audience members pedaled.

The world premiere of the Disney film Chimpanzees.