United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation


18-21.11.2010 The International Film Festival H2O: Kamchatka the Land of Wonders took place in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

The international Film Festival H2O: Kamchatka the Land of Wonders took place in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 18-21 November 2010. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Art Union CoolConnections, and Kamchatka Krai Protected Areas Association organized the festival in partnership with Kamchatka State University named after Vitus Bering, Wild Salmon Centre, and Small and Medium Enterprises Support Fund Sodruzhestvo . The Ministry of Natural Resources of Kamchatsky Krai, the regional and city administrations supported the festival.


The festival showed full-length documentaries and movies awarded at other international film festivals and produced by film-makers from various countries, including the films, Home by the French film-maker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Encounters at the end of the World by Werner Herzog, film director and chairman of Berlin Film Festival, The Age of Stupid by film-maker Franny Armstrong. All of the movies, including short Russian films, tell about the beauty and fragility of our common home the Planet Earth.

Special attention was given to the nature of Kamchatka. The movies by Russian film-makers - Dmitry Shpilenka and Sergei Vlasenko offered to the inhabitants of peninsula a different angle of view on the familiar landscapes and gave them an opportunity to learn more about the life styles and culture of indigenous people of Kamchatka. A comic movie on fly fishing in Kamchatka, presented by the Wild Salmon Centre, was shown in the original language specifically for those who learn English.



The Festival was launched this summer in Moscow and now we have the chance to bring it to Kamchatka  - Russias symbol of wild and pure nature. The unique nature of the peninsula, its animal and plant diversity are the real pearl of the whole planet. And it was recognized at the international level in 1996 when the territory of Kamchatka volcanoes was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which also contains such places as Galapagos Islands and Great Barrier Reef, Frode Mauring, the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, says, 2010 was announced by the UN as the International Year of Biodiversity and we hope that the beautiful movies and the work of talented film directors will inspire you to think differently about the life on our planet.



Georgy Grechko, a cosmonaut and pilot who participated in three space flights, supported the festival with enthusiasm: Earth is very beautiful, but vulnerable. I am convinced that this is the best planet in the world, the most beautiful, comfortable and warm. I am saying this not because I am live here. This is because when we fly to outer space we lose the Earth and appreciate it even more on our return. When you see the amazing beauty of our planet on the screen you cannot remain indifferent towards its problems, or saying precisely - our problems. By using the language of cinema, it is easier to say to everybody lets save our common beautiful home!


The festival offered free entry. The guests of the closing ceremony were invited to participate in a lottery with prizes related to the topic of environmental protection. 


« go back »

, guestbook