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April 11 @ 7:50 pm - April 13 @ 11:00 am

Join Western Reserve Land Conservancy at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival!

We hope to see you on April 11, 12, or 13 for a screening of HAZE, IT’S COMPLICATED – a documentary on the burning of the peat forests throughout tropical Southeast Asia. This practice creates significant haze pollution that poses significant challenges to human health and the economies of the region.

Use the discount code WRLC when purchasing tickets for $2 off your #CIFF42 ticket purchase online, over the phone, or at the box office. This code is valid for all films screened at the festival!

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About the film: Palm oil farming has taken over many parts of Southeast Asia. It’s raking in billions, and while locals don’t see the bulk of that money, most of them are happy with the income it brings in. That’s mainly because, before the palm oil boom, they were struggling to make ends meet in the declining rubber industry. But as the title of this documentary points out, the topic is extremely complex. Much of the region sits on peat, a dense, carbon-heavy substance made of organic matter and dead vegetation. In order to clear land for palm oil crops, many companies and farmers resort to the inexpensive option of setting fires. This method is extremely bad for the environment, contributing to a high percentage of carbon emissions. Because peatlands are dry and flammable, these fires spread quickly and are only contained by heavy rains. HAZE, IT’S COMPLICATED… does a terrific job of explaining the intricate science behind palm oil farming. Furthermore, it offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who are impacted—both positively and negatively–by its emerging presence. (In English, Malay, and Indonesian with subtitles)


April 11 @ 7:50 pm
April 13 @ 11:00 am
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Emily Bacha


Cleveland International Film Festival
230 W Huron Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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