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FUTURE OF HOPE brings a unique insight into the positive side of the nation of Iceland. How are Icelanders adopting sustainable practices to grow and develop post financial crisis? How to protect and preserve Europe’s largest area of unspoilt nature to offer and enable Iceland to grow once more, but this time with sustainability at the core as an example to the rest of the world of what can be achieved. ‘Future of Hope’ powerfully demonstrates the need to make real progress toward sustainable living. The character driven documentary follows individuals as they try to escape bankruptcy, lead by example, innovate and inspire. Through their eyes we see challenges, emotion and optimism as they adapt their lifestyles and businesses to cope with the changing pressures of today’s economy. Featuring interviews with experts in renewable energy, innovation, organic farming, new business and sustainability. The film is realized by the stunning backdrop of some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes; thermal springs, active volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. From the midnight sun to the winter dark contrasted only by the snow. Iceland has the ability to inspire the world and this documentary is a peek into that potential.
– Damien Rice 2010
‘This film, with its message of hope and contention that change will come through co-operation and community spirit, needs to be shown in cinemas in every town in Ireland’
– Irish Times, 30.09.10
Vigdis Finnbogadottir – First Female Democratically Elected President, Andri Snaer Magnason – Author and Director ‘Dreamland’, Omar Ragnarsson
– Environmentalist, Journalist, Entertainer, Kristin Jakobsdottir – Minister of Education, Science & Culture Iceland.
ORIGINAL SCORE BY
Biggi Hilmarsson & Damien Rice.
Ampop, Blindfold, Feldberg, Lara Runars & Vyvienne Long ‘Future of Hope’ takes you on a journey from the history to the present and looks to the potential future of a new Iceland.
Length: 52’ & 75’
Genre: Culture, Society, Environment, Economics, Geology
Director: Henry Bateman