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September 2003 - Nr. 9


The Editor
Antje berichtet
Elizabeth Kuehn
Dear Mom
Rachel Seilern
Over the Fence
Music Toronto
25 Years Musik
KW and Beyond
City Elections
Top Honor in Venice?
Toronto Film Festival
Mustard Festival
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Financial Advice
The White Wale
Planet in Focus
After the Flood
Sahara-Touristen frei
Berlin Wall
Comics Fair
Rediscover East Germany
Literary "Wunderkind"
350 Years of Opera
"German Trilogy"
New Element


Toronto, ON -- The fourth annual Planet in Focus (PIF): Toronto International Environmental Film & Video Festival (Tuesday, September 30th to Sunday, October 5th, 2003, at Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue) is pleased to present David Suzuki On-Screen & On-Stage – a pre-festival launch event, Thursday September 25, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

For over thirty years, Dr. David Suzuki - renowned scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist – has been one of the world’s most articulate and passionate advocates for living in harmony with nature. Suzuki’s live and interactive at Planet in Focus, screening a very personal film, The Sacred Balance – The Matrix of Life, and sharing his passion for the Earth.

Water and air are the prerequisites of life. In The Sacred Balance – The Matrix of Life, David Suzuki travels from the sacred Ganges River in India to the depths of a gold mine in South Africa, discovering in the process the complex matrix where water and air defy human boundaries and ownership.

PIF’s 2003 line-up includes films and videos from Australia, Austria, Canada, Cameroon, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Namibia, The Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. The festival screens a diversity of genres – feature film, short drama, animation, and experimental works – a testimony to the artistic creativity of engaged filmmakers working with environmental themes.

A complete PIF schedule is available at www.planetinfocus.org . The festival box office opens on September 2, 2003. Passes and individual tickets can be reserved by calling (416) 531-8985. Festival passes are $40.00 and individual tickets ($10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors/students, and $3.00 for children under 12) will also be available at the screenings. Note: Tickets for David Suzuki On-Screen & On-Stage are $15.

PIF is Canada’s only annual, international environmental film and video festival. Its mission is to promote the use of film and video as catalysts for reflection, discussion and appropriate action on the ecological and social health of the planet.

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