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    Film Premiere - Antarctica the Giant Awakens (feature documentary 55 mins mixed for cinema) - Screening 1

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    This will include an introduction by the film director Liz Courtney, and a Q & A session following the film with leading youth ambassador Kal Glanzing, Rob Chan from Parents for Climate, and Dr Alex Carthey, winner of the Hatch 2023 program, dedicated to saving Australia's bush animals and eco systems from floods, fires, heatwaves. Together we will unpack questions around the impact of Antarctica on sea level rise this century - and are we ready for it?

    In a groundbreaking documentary titled "Antarctica – The Giant Awakens," acclaimed Australian filmmaker Liz Courtney sheds light on the looming threat of sea level rise. Despite Antarctica's geographical distance from the tropical landscapes of Australia, Oceania, and Asia, the rapidly changing Antarctic ice sheet presents a significant danger to these regions, with potential global implications.

    Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker Liz Courtney, edited by Karin Steiniger the documentary follows a team of scientists on a mission to Antarctica, led by Prof Benjamin Horton, the Director of The Earth Observatory of Singapore.

    Accompanied by renowned Australian Director of Photography Michael Dillon AM, the team endeavors to conduct innovative scientific research, providing critical insights into the pace of Antarctica's rapid melt and its implications for the region and around the globe.

    Antarctica, nearly twice the size of Australia, holds 75% of the world's fresh water. However, the Antarctic ice sheet, perched on a bedrock base, is now under threat as colossal ice cliffs surrounding the West Antarctic coastline melt and collapse due to rising temperatures in the Southern Ocean, surpassing previous predictive models.

    Prof Horton emphasizes the urgency of understanding the mechanisms driving the melting glaciers, the impact on ocean circulation, sea level rise and the importance of partnerships and teamwork to drive scientific discoveries and solutions.

    Beautiful drone footage, captivating wildlife, a frozen land of ice and beauty sets an alluring backdrop to one of the world's hidden climate emergencies and poses the question - Is Antarctica Waking Up? 

    Join us for an engaging afternoon of film, discussion and insights including a live cross to Prof Benjamin Horton from the Earth Observatory of Singapore.


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