CIFF2021 Special Event

Night of Ideas – ‘We Have 20 Years to Change the World’


Cork International Film Festival is delighted to be partnering with the Embassy of France in Ireland as part of their Green Night of Ideas, highlighting climate change, to present a digital screening on 26 January 2021 of ‘We Have 20 Years to Change the World’ (On a 20 Ans pour Changer le Monde), a new documentary by Hélène Médigue, with a Q&A discussion following the screening.

“We have 20 years to change the world… and it all starts with the land that nourishes us. The facts are there: 60% of the soil is dead, and the current mode of production does not feed the planet. But men and women rise to the challenge and demonstrate that we can do without pesticides and chemical inputs for all our food. Thanks to their communicative energy which shakes up speeches and habits, another world is possible!”

The film will be followed by a discussion, “Closer relations: ecological balances and man’s relationship to the world and other species, animal and plant, in a global context of collapse of biodiversity”. Speakers are:

Hélène Le Teno, French engineer and specialist in ecological and digital transitions. Hélène is featured in the documentary.

Grace Maher, Development Officer for the Irish Organic Association,

Karen O’Donohoe, Grow It Yourself (GIY) Head of Community Development and co-presenter of RTE’s ‘Grow Cook Eat’

The discussion will be hosted by Johnny Gogan, filmmaker and environmental activist.


Book Now

Presented in association with the French Embassy, the Alliance Française Network in Ireland and Institut Français.



Past Events

50 Years of La Francophonie 2020: Online Screening of Arab Blues (Un Divan à Tunis)

Online Tues 24 November at 7pm – Sat 28 November 2020

Presented in association with the embassies of La Francophonie represented in Ireland, the Alliance Française Network, the Cork International Film Festival and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

view event


Martin McGuinness – I Fought, I Made Peace, I Made Politics

Online Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 6pm

Presented in Partnership with Belfast Film Festival

view event