Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino
Internatonal Festival Signs of the Night - Urbino
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17° Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino (3° Editione) - November 26-30, 2019

Environmental Pollution

Saturday - November 30th, 2019
4 pm

Sala Maniscalco
Urbino, Italy


Zemble - A Toxic Tanker
Sander Rietveld
Netherlands / 2019 / 0:39:22


Despite the warnings of deadly contaminants on board, multinational SBM Offshore allowed a heavily polluted gas tanker to be demolished on an Indian beach in 2018. The tanker contained high concentrations of mercury. A specialized bureau warned SBM that workers could inhale mercury fumes during demolition, leading to lasting neurological damage or even death. From discussions with those directly involved, e-mails, and confidential documents obtained by ZEMBLA, it appears SBM attempted to conceal the presence of mercury in order to avoid millions of euros in cleanup costs...


Battle of Social Networks
David Fontseca Romanos
Spain / 2019 / 0:52:00


Currently 5 billion people own a mobile phone. More than half of them are smartphones. Millions of texts, images and videos circulate daily through social networks worldwide, from dictatorships to the most consolidated democracies. A perfect weapon for social organization in which it is difficult to distinguish between real and false content. The battle to take control of the truth has begun. This documentary analyzes the unauthorized Catalan independence referendum and its reach in mass media as an example. Are social networks a threat to democracy and our electoral systems? Are they the new mass media? States start to fear Freedom of Speech. Freedom which has facilitated the spread of “fake news” jeopardizing global stability. It has been predicted that by 2022, this will constitute half of online content. How can important mainstream media avoid falling for fake news? How do people manage fake news? Do they detect them? Do they spread them?.