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Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Running Time: 80 minutes
The Garden is an engaging and powerful film about the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the United States, located in South Central Los Angeles. The film follows the plight of farmers, most of them immigrants, from the tilled soil of their urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. The Garden shows how the politics of power and greed — backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money — tragically clash with the needs of working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. The Garden exposes fault lines in U.S. society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
King Corn & Big River
King Corn directed by Aaron Wolf
Running Time: 88 minutes
In King Corn, best friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move to the heartland of Iowa to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most- productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. In their follow-up film, Big River, they return to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has sent to the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, Ian and Curt trade their combine for a canoe––and set out to see the big world their little acre of corn has touched.
Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling, and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the decisions the United States makes about energy policy and transportation choices. This film shows the beauty and grandeur of ANWR against the political backdrop of oil exploration and development, and its impact upon the culture and livelihood of Gwich’in Athabascan Indians, Inupiat Eskimos, and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. Oil on Ice exposes the risks of oil extraction in this extreme environment. The issue of oil extraction from ANWR brings into sharp focus the broader debate over energy conservation vs. unbridled consumption and global warming.
When President George W. Bush reversed regulations that would have banned the two-stroke snowmobile, filmmaker Todd Darling asked the question: why would he bring back a machine that pollutes dozens of times more than any automobile? Baffled by this regulatory change, Darling straps his own family’s sled onto a trailer, and drives across the United States looking for the answer. Along the way he digs into de-regulation and looks at how changes in environmental laws have affected a wide range of Americans, from West Coast salmon fishermen to Wyoming cowboys to New York City firemen. His trip culminates in Washington DC, where the damage to the environment unmasks the political agenda of de-regulation and the pervasive role of corporate lobbyists.
It’s now all the rage in the age of Al Gore and Obama, but can you remember when everyone in America was not “Going Green?” Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement—from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s incendiary bestseller Silent Spring, to the first wildly successful Earth Day celebration in 1970 and the subsequent firestorm of political action. Earth Days’ secret weapon is a one-two punch of personal testimony and rare archival media. The extraordinary stories of environmental pioneers are beautifully illustrated with an incredible array of footage. This film is both a meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements—and missed opportunities—of groundbreaking eco-activism.
Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for “garbage people.” Far ahead of any modern “green” initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect — compared to just 30 percent in Western cities — creating what is arguably the world’s most efficient waste disposal system. This innovative and successful recycling system costs the city of Cairo nothing. However, when their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, the boys are forced to make choices that will impact their future and the survival of the community.
Burning the Future: Coal in America
Directed by David Novack
Running Time: 89 minutes
Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local activists watch a world blind to the devastation caused by coal’s extraction. Thousands of people living in Appalachia are under environmental assault. Their land is destroyed, their loved ones are ill, and the mountains they love are being blown away – in the name of “cheap energy” for the United States. Faced with toxic ground water and the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, the residents launch a fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life. But with every new coal-fired power plant proposed, their fight becomes harder.
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil
Directed by Giovanni Vaz Del Bello
Running Time: 52 minutes
There is hope! A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environmentally-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits like affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The film shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. Cities should be a solution, not a problem for humans, and Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.
The Greening of Southie
Directed by Ian Cheney
Running Time: 72 minutes
What happens when you’re asked to build the city of tomorrow… today? Set on the storied streets of South Boston, The Greening of Southie is a feature documentary about Boston’s first residential green building, and the men and women who set out to construct it. From wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, The Macallen Building is something different––a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design. But green building has its challenges, and the jobsite has its skeptics. And when things start to go wrong, a young developer has to keep the project from unraveling. The Greening of Southie is a story of bold ideas, new environmentalists, and the future of urban America.